Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prosecutor: Lee Sent Letters Seeking Jobs.

Byline: Richard Benke The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE Investigators in the Wen Ho Lee case say they have located correspondence that shows some job-hunting letters the scientist sent drew responses from prospective employers.

Lee, 60, who pleaded guilty to one of 59 national security counts last week and was freed after nine months in jail, had been notified in 1993 that he was among hundreds of Los Alamos scientists facing potential layoffs. He wrote employment-seeking letters to several companies and institutions in the United States and abroad. The layoff threat abated in 1994, and Lee stopped writing those letters. He never took another job.

The FBI found copies of job-search letters when agents searched his home in April 1999 and argued they were evidence that Lee meant to harm the United States by taking his expertise and lab data elsewhere. …

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