The five media heavies who shamelessly promoted the government’s lies about the Los Alamos scientist chose to settle today rather than reveal their government sources.
Lee was savaged by a media fueled by government rumors that he was spying for China, an accusation he was never officially charged with. Lee was imprisoned in solitary confinement for nine months in 1999-2000 and ultimately received an apology from the judge who heard his case. Truthdig says: The media was not defending freedom of the press but their own right to operate as a megaphone for government agents with an agenda to slander an American citizen. The media went to bat for government agents who broke the law. When will those agents be held accountable?
Wen Ho Lee Settles Privacy Lawsuit
By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 2, 2006; 6:42 PM
Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear weapons scientist who came under government suspicion of being a spy for China, settled a lawsuit today over violation of his privacy rights and will receive $1.65 million from the government and five news organizations, including The Washington Post.
ROBERT SCHEER ON WEN HO LEE
Full background of the case: No Defense: How the ‘New York Times’ Convicted Wen Ho Lee—October 23, 2000
Secrets, Lies and Media Privilege—December 23, 2003
Wen Ho Lee —February 12, 2001
Wen Ho Lee smiles after giving a brief statement to the press upon his release outside the United States Courthouse in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000. Lee plead guilty to one of 59 charges against him for downloading top secret nuclear weapons information while working as a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.