Chinese Spied for Decades
Late in May the Clinton administration agreed to release a congressional report on Chinese espionage in the United States—and on its own failure to investigate some major incidents at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
The report described a decades-long pattern of massive Chinese attempts—many quite successful—to obtain U.S. secrets, such as the design techniques for advanced nuclear warheads and missile reentry vehicles. The Chinese also may have obtained information on some nonnuclear weapons technology under development at Los Alamos, such as a method of detecting submerged submarines by radar observation of the wakes they leave at the ocean's surface. Another compromised technology, also in the embryonic stage, is the electromagnetic gun (rail gun), on which work began as part of the Reagan administration's Strategic Defense Initiative program.