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FBI Searches Los Alamos Landfill

Wednesday, 29 November 2000 12:00 AM

Dr. Lee, a former weapons scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, had originally been charged, in a 59-count indictment, of illegally downloading weapons data with the intention of aiding a foreign nation and harming the United States. After spending more than nine months in solitary confinement, he pleaded guilty to one count of illegally downloading restricted data and was released Sept. 13. The government dropped the other 58 counts against him as part of a plea agreement.

The newspaper report said the landfill search is the result of information Lee provided to investigators in September. Officials close to the case said the government has known since his release that he put the tapes in the garbage, and that they probably ended up in the landfill. Lee has said the tapes were destroyed.

He agreed to explain why he had downloaded the data, and has had eight meetings with government officials in the last two months. Two more meetings are expected in December.

According to the Times, officials said Lee insisted that he had placed the tapes in the garbage at the laboratory. Government agents were then able to determine roughly where in the landfill they were emptied.

In court hearings, the tapes were said to have information that could allow another nation to create nuclear bombs. The tapes contain, or at least had once contained, a virtual library of nuclear weapons testing and design data.

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