李 文 和 获 释

(English)

美 国 华 裔 科 学 家 李 文 和 于 9 月 13 日 获 得 新 墨 西 哥 州 地 方 法 官 下 令 释 放。

现 年 68 岁 的 李 文 和,原 本 被 控 59 项 控 罪。 他 在 新 墨 西 哥 州 地 方 法 庭 承 认 一 项 控 罪 后, 被 法 官 判 入 狱 278 天。 但 由 于 李 文 和 自 去 年 12 月 起, 已 被 囚 禁 9 个 多 月, 因 此 即 时 获 释。

根 据 李 文 和 与 当 局 达 成 的 认 罪 协 议, 李 文 和 只 承 认 一 项 不 当 处 理 核 机 密 罪 名, 其 余 58 项 控 罪 全 部 撤 消。

李 文 和 获 释 的 另 一 个 条 件, 是 要 与 政 府 合 作, 协 助 寻 找 案 件 中 遗 失、 记 录 有 机 密 资 料 的 电 脑 磁 带。

随 着 李 文 和 的 获 释, 这 宗 一 度 被 美 国 政 府 高 调 处 理 的 案 件 正 式 结 束。

主 审 法 官 就 李 文 和 被 单 独 囚 禁 达 九 个 月 而 致 歉, 并 批 评 当 局 的 处 理 手 法 令 到 全 国 尴 尬。

Nuke Scientist Wen Ho Lee Is Free

Wen Ho Lee was set free on September 13, 2000, nine months after he was branded a threat to national security and put in solitary confinement, with an apology from a judge who said the government's actions "embarrassed our entire nation."

Lee, a Taiwanese-born naturalized U.S. citizen, had been charged with 59 counts of breaching national security and faced life in prison if convicted. Under the terms of the plea bargain, he was sentenced to 278 days - essentially the time served since his arrest last December. Fifty-eight of those counts were dropped.

Lee read a statement in court in which he admitted using an unsecure computer to download a national-defense document onto a tape. He said he knew his possession of the tape outside of the top-secret area where he worked was unauthorized.

Lee agreed to cooperate with the government and tell them everything he knows about seven missing tapes.

"I sincerely apologize to you, Dr. Lee, for the unfair manner in which you were held in custody by the executive branch," U.S. District Judge James Parker said.

Parker said the Departments of Justice and Energy "have embarrassed our entire nation and each of us who is a citizen of it."

Supporters cheered as a smiling Lee left the courthouse alongside his family and attorneys. He thanked his supporters and said, "I'm very happy to go home with my wife and children today."

"The next few days, I'm going fishing." he added

A few hours later, the diminutive, graying scientist was swamped by a crowd of about 150 supporters in the back yard of his neighbors, who waved flags and signs and sang "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.''

"The last nine months were pretty tough for me, ''he said, "but I survived."

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