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Wen Ho Lee, TV Celeb

Friday, 17 November 2000 12:00 AM

Lee pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to one of 59 charges of mishandling nuclear weapons secrets in a controversial federal investigation that the presiding judge called "an embarrassment" to the nation. He was released after spending nine months in jail.

Alys Shanti, vice president of Robert Greenwald Productions Inc. in Culver City, Calif., said in Friday's Dallas Morning News that the ABC miniseries would air late next year. Hyperion, a publishing unit of ABC, will also come out with the autobiography next year in a separate deal.

"We signed him up to tell his story," said Will Schwalbe, an executive editor for Hyperion. "The book will be a memoir of his experiences. Everyone has had their say, and this is … [Lee's] chance to have his."

The television miniseries is expected to capture the Lee family's struggle from the time of his arrest on the federal charges in December 1999 to his release in September.

Lee's attorneys charged during the legal battle that the native of Taiwan was a victim of racial profiling.

"We believe it is one of the most important examples of covert racism in America today," Shanti told the News. "It is meant to be ultimately a compelling drama, and we hope it will make a difference in the way Americans view themselves."

Shanti said the Lee family was reluctant to participate in the miniseries and it took months to persuade them.

The Lee family has not commented on the movie and book deals.

Under the Sept. 13 plea bargain, Lee was required to cooperate with the government in explaining how he downloaded 10 classified files and what happened to seven missing files. That process is believed to be continuing behind closed-doors. Lee's lawyers contended he had destroyed the seven files.

The original indictment charged Lee with downloading classified data, described once by a prosecutor as "the crown jewels" of U.S. nuclear weapons secrets, from 1993 to 1997. He was arrested at his White Rock home Dec. 10, 1999, and held in solitary confinement at a county jail in Santa Fe until his release last September.

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