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Relief, Rebukes Follow Agreement on Lee

Science  15 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5486, pp. 1851-1853
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5486.1851

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What began as an explosive case of alleged nuclear espionage is expected to end quietly soon when physicist Wen Ho Lee walks free from an Albuquerque, New Mexico, courtroom after 9 months in jail. The ignominious collapse of the government's case and Lee's release have embarrassed federal prosecutors. However, the news was a relief to Asian-American researchers and others who say Lee's status as a suspect had heightened racial tensions at the national labs.

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