AUTHORLee, Wen Ho / Zia, Helen
TITLEMy Country Versus Me: The First-Hand Account by the Los Alamos Scientist Who Was Falsely Accused of Being a Spy
PUBLISHERHyperion
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2001
ISBN0-7868-6803-1


This autobiography by Wen Ho Lee, a scientist and former software engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, was written in response to the United States government’s charges of espionage against Lee. Lee details his experiences from the time the investigations by counterintelligence officials of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began in December of 1998, through Lee’s arrest, trial, and plea bargain in September of 2000. Lee, who was held in prison for 278 days in solitary confinement under unusual circumstances, argues that the accusations against him were both unfair and unfounded. Believing that he was vilified by the national media and the U.S. government as a Chinese spy, Lee uses his book to construct an image of an innocent man who was the subject of a political witch-hunt and the victim of blatant racial profiling. Lee intersperses snippets of his early life, emphasizing his abiding love of fishing, to remind the reader of his humanity. As the book presents it, Lee's rights as an American citizen were willfully violated in the interests of national security. A series of black and white photographs is included.


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