Scientist to Remain in Jail Until Trial
A federal appeals court in Denver rejected a fired government scientist’s effort to secure release on bail until he is tried on charges of breaching security at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Wen Ho Lee will remain in jail awaiting trial on charges he illegally downloaded nuclear weapon secrets from computers, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Lee, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Taiwan, is charged with 59 counts involving security breaches--but not espionage. His trial is set for Nov. 6. He could get life in prison if convicted. Lee’s supporters say the government is trying to make him a scapegoat for the government’s security shortcomings.