Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China
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For decades, while America obsessed over Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the highest levels of government. Now, for the first time, based on numerous interviews with key insiders at the FBI and CIA as well as with Chinese agents and people close to them, David Wise tells the full story of China’s many victories and defeats in its American spy wars.Two key cases interweave throughout: Katrina Leung, code-named Parlor Maid, worked for the FBI for years, even after she became a secret double agent for China, aided by love affairs with both of her FBI handlers. Here, too, is the inside story of the case, code-named Tiger Trap, of a key Chinese-American scientist suspected of stealing nuclear weapons secrets. These two cases led to many others, involving famous names from Wen Ho Lee to Richard Nixon, stunning national security leaks, and sophisticated cyberspying. The story takes us up to the present, with a West Coast spy ring whose members were sentenced in 2010—but it surely will continue for years to come, as China faces off against America. David Wise’s history of China’s spy wars in America is packed with eye-popping revelations.
claw." Harold Agnew, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, flew over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, in an observation plane behind the Enola Gay, and watched the uranium bomb devastate that Japanese city. As head of the weapons division at Los Alamos, and later director of the laboratory, he designed most of the nation's nuclear arsenal. In the 1980s he was the first American scientist allowed to visit Lop Nor, China's secret nuclear test site. "They had everything," he told an oral
photography. The fifth bureau is internal, responsible for domestic intelligence. The sixth bureau runs counterintelligence. The seventh bureau writes intelligence reports; the eighth is in charge of research; and the ninth runs countersurveillance and works to prevent defections by spies and students. The tenth bureau collects scientific and technical intelligence. The eleventh bureau runs the MSS computers and is charged with protecting the agency from foreign computer hackers. Finally, a
who framed Hoover's letter and put it on the wall of his home, much to his wife's dismay, might never have become a Chinese counterintelligence agent had he not wrecked the Plymouth. In the 1980s he ran the China squad at the Washington field office, then worked at headquarters, and later supervised counterintelligence in San Diego. The Los Alamos scientists reported to Schiffer that the walk-in's document on the W-88 appeared to match a 1986 "interface" document from an earlier stage in the
his house was going on, Denise Woo also talked to Jeff. She encouraged him to think of anyone who might have accused him of passing secrets to China. Did he have any enemies? Jeff racked his brain, digging back in his memory more than twenty years to high school, trying to think of coworkers, acquaintances, anyone who might have made such a horrendous accusation. He came up with a few names for Woo, but was not convinced that any of them were behind the terrible difficulty in which he now found
he was reached by Mueller, who ordered him to return to headquarters for another meeting. As soon as Iden landed at LAX—there was no time for him even to run home and change his shirt—he turned around and boarded the redeye back to Washington. Sheila Horan, an experienced career agent with twenty-nine years in the bureau, was caught in the fallout. As acting chief for national security, she was in the bull's-eye and received the full fury of Mueller's wrath. "I'm removing you," Mueller told