DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: BEHIND THE TREASON ALLEGATIONS
SUBSECTION: TIMELINE 1999
With many thanks to Ohmlaw98 and Jolly!
Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act (IIANA)
Arms Export Control Act (AECA)
Export Administration Act (EAR)
Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act (NPPA)
Director of Central Intelligence (DCI)
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA)
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)
Nonproliferation Treaty (NT)
Export-Import Bank Act (EIBA)
We are scheduled to turn over Rodman Naval Station, Howard Air Force Base, and other important military facilities to Panama, which has given Hutchison an option on these bases. - Adm. Moorer THE NEW AMERICAN Freeper report dated 4/11/99
FBI begins preliminary inquiries into other suspects as urged by OIPR in 1997. Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
In early 1999, auditors reported that under its program with Russia to prevent proliferation, DOE may have provided Russian scientists with dual-use defense-related information that could harm U.S. national security ..UPI 7/11/00 Ashley Baker
First rewind to early 1999, when two radioactive stories finally broke. They'd been suppressed for years, it's plain to see now, because they threatened to spoil the Clinton administration's "engagement policy" with Beijing, an alarmingly comprehensive plan involving not just closer economic ties, but political and military exchanges too. The stories also threatened to make Clinton look traitorously soft on an aggressive communist power -- and they did, for awhile. .. One story revealed that the administration let a suspected Chinese spy -- Lee -- stay in his job at Los Alamos, where he continued to have access to secret nuclear codes. The other disclosed how the Chinese stole secrets to every nuclear warhead deployed in the U.S. arsenal, yet the administration did nothing to beef up security at the labs. . Exposed, the administration fired Lee and tried to minimize the political damage from the three-volume Cox Report detailing Chinese espionage by claiming the lab security problem reached back 20 years and included Republican administrations .. Then, conveniently, the Clinton administration's shelling of Belgrade relegated the espionage stories to the back pages, allowing White House propagandists the opportunity to revise history. They turned to a trusted ally, the Washington Post, offering it a kernel of truth -- that Lee was targeted because of his race -- to sell it on the lie that the whole case against him was "built on thin air." WorldNetDaily 10/11/00 Paul Sperry
Reinsch's Bureau of Export Administration delivered its first congressionally mandated report detailing supercomputer exports over the preceding 12 months. Out of a total of 390 HPCs exported by the United States during that period, 191 of them had gone to China. Despite U.S. efforts, the Chinese only allowed government officials to inspect three of them once they had reached China. Congressional sources tell TAS that they have been told by administration officials that as many as 600 HPCs have been sold to the Chinese since the 1996 decontrols--more raw computing power than can be found in the Pentagon and the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons labs, combined. - The American Spectator 5/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman
A select congressional committee sent the president additional warnings about the security of the weapons laboratories in a separate report that was also secretly delivered in January of this year. - New York Times 5/2/99 Jeff Gerth James Risen
January 3, 1999
* "The PRC is believed to be developing space-based and ground-based anti-satellite laser weapons. Such weapons would be of exceptional value for the control of space and information. The Select Committee judges that the PRC is moving toward the deployment of such weapons."
"Based on the significant level of PRC-Russian cooperation on weapons development, it is possible that the PRC will be able to use nuclear reactors to pump lasers with pulse energies high enough to destroy satellites."
"In addition, Russian cooperation could help the PRC to develop an advanced radar system using lasers to track and image satellites."
The Cox Report, House Select Committee on U.S.National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the P.R.C., Christopher Cox, Chairman
January 4, 1999
President received the classified version of the Select Committee's report - WH Statement 5/25/99
January 19, 1999
Privately-run PT Bank Lippo will get as much as 87.5 percent of the first injection of Indonesian government funds under a banking recapitalisation program. (3.75 trillion rupiah, 417 million dollars - AFP, 01/29/99
January 21, 1999
Defense Secretary William Cohen proposed the $6.6 billion be put toward the deployment of a limited missile defense by 2005. Washington Post 1/21/99 Dana Priest
In a separate report on the security situation in the Taiwan Strait, delivered in February 1999, the Pentagon acknowledged that the PLA communications network " uses the same types of communications mediums as the civil network.... The military's lack of communications satellites could force the PLA to rely on foreign satellite services to meet military needs in wartime or a crisis," the report stated. - The American Spectator 5/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman
In February, Lee took a second polygraph. This time, officials said, he was asked about his computer use and some of his answers were seen as deceptive. Two days later, apparently aware that investigators were now suspicious about his computer use, Lee deleted between 1,000 and 2,000 files, officials said. - New York Times 5/2/99 Jeff Gerth James Risen
"the GAO issued another report stating that Russian weapons scientists were using U.S. funds earmarked for weapons dismantling to develop weapons of mass destruction. To counter this report, Clinton called upon Rose Gottemoeller, whose views are so left-wing on nuclear deterrence that Republicans in Congress blocked her appointment to a senior Pentagon post. Clinton then appointed her to a senior position at the Energy Department. "Gottemoeller," in her counterattack, writes Gertz, "praised the program of American aid to Russia, and, contrary to the GAO's evidence, she claimed that no U.S. funds were helping build new Russian weapons. Again, the Clinton method was to deny and mislead when it came to dangerous and unpleasant facts about Russian weapons." 'Betrayal' by Bill Gertz 6/01/99 By Newsman
February 1, 1999
President provided his recommendations on the Select Committee's report - WH Statement 5/25/99
February 4, 1999
Air Force cancelled its contracts with TRW Inc. and Boeing Corp for two SBIRS-Low (ICBM Missile Defense related) demonstration projects. Claremont Institute 3/99 Brian T Kennedy
February 10, 1999
Lee took an FBI polygraph on questions related to espionage. Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
February 19, 1999
The Wall Street Journal goes public with Juanita Broaddrick's rape charge against Bill Clinton, after NBC News kept her exclusive interview bottled up for a full month. The Washington Post front pages the story the next day. Newsmax 3/12/99
Privately-run PT Bank Lippo will get as much as 87.5 percent of the first injection of Indonesian government funds under a banking recapitalisation program. (3.75 trillion rupiah, 417 million dollars). - AFP, 01/29/99
February 23, 1999
New York Times 2/23/99 Jeff Gerth David Sanger "...Swayed by criticisms that commercial satellite deals with China could threaten national security, the Clinton administration decided on Monday to reject the sale of a $450 million satellite to a consortium with close ties to the Chinese government, senior administration officials said.....The decision came after the Defense and State Departments objected to allowing China to launch the satellite. Overruling the Commerce Department, which had favored the sale, the State and Defense officials concluded that the technology to place the satellite in orbit would help the Chinese military make its intercontinental ballistic missile fleet more accurate....The decision effectively revokes President Clinton's quiet approval of the sale two and a half years ago .One troubling episode involved a 1995 tutorial on rocket launching given by Hughes engineers to Chinese scientists, now the subject of a criminal inquiry. Another involved the company's hiring of the son of the Chinese general who oversees his country's military satellite programs, officials said....At the time of the company's questioned deals with China, its chairman was C. Michael Armstrong, who also served as head of Clinton's export advisory council, a group of private-sector executives and labor leaders who advice the administration on trade policy. Armstrong now heads AT&T...."
Interview of Juanita Broaddrick cleared to air on Wednesday the 24thDrudge 2/23/99
February 24, 1999
NBC News finally airs Broaddrick's interview with Lisa Myers. Polls show the public believes Clinton raped her by a margin of 2 to 1. Newsmax 3/12/99
Secretary of State Albright testified to Senate Armed Services Committee that the "ABM Treaty is still the cornerstone of our strategic relationship with Russia." The terms of that 27-year-old treaty with the now-defunct Soviet Union prohibits the U.S. from building a national missile defense. Center for Security Policy 3/03/99 No. 99-D 28
February 27, 1999
The Clintons embark on a three day Utah ski vacation, which they cut short on March 1 to return home for "a good night's sleep." Newsmax 3/12/99
FBI examined Lee's office computer in connection with their investigation of the earlier theft at Los Alamos. They found that mostly during 1994 and 1995 millions of lines of computer code that approximate how this country's atomic warheads work -- were downloaded from a computer system at the Los AlamosNew York Times, JAMES RISEN and JEFF GERTH, 04/28/99
March 2, 1999
* "restructuring took a setback when the Moscow regional arbitration court decided on to reject a recommendation put by over 90 percent of Sidanko creditors, and deferred further action to a new court hearing...". (See November 1997) Sebastian Alison, FOCUS-BP Amoco pulls out of Russian project. , Reuters, 03-19-1999
March 3, 1999
Citing a new book, The New York Post reports that the President was blackmailed by the Mossad, who had recorded his phone-sex chats with Monica Lewinsky. Newsmax 3/12/99
Monica Lewinsky lets it all hang out with Barbara Walters. The two hour ABC News blabfest draws 75 million viewers. Newsmax 3/12/99
March 5, 1999
STAR Magazine reveals that secret evidence shared with key congressman on the eve of the impeachment vote contains sexual harassment complaints against Clinton by three female Secret Service agents. The still sealed files include two more Juanita Broaddrick-like allegations, a congressional source tells STAR. Newsmax 3/12/99
March 6, 1999
The New York Times landed another shocking scoop: "Working with nuclear secrets stolen from an American government laboratory, China has made a leap in the development of nuclear weapons: the miniaturization of its bombs." The Times emphasized "The White House was told of the full extent of China's spying in the summer of 1997, on the eve of the first U.S.-Chinese summit meeting in eight years - a meeting intended to dramatize the success of President Clinton's efforts to improve relations with Beijing....a reconstruction by The New York Times reveals that throughout the government, the response to the nuclear theft was marked by delays, inaction and skepticism - even though senior intelligence officials regarded it as one of the most damaging spy cases in recent history." Network coverage? In the first nine days of the story, the Big Three aired only 11 evening stories. The morning shows were worse, airing only six full news reports and one interview in the first ten mornings. As administration spokesmen went uninterviewed and unchallenged by the morning shows, ABC's Good Morning America had time for a half-hour on weight loss. CBS's This Morning asked O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran about his upcoming appearance on the CBS soap Guiding Light. Two networks urgently discussed the 40th anniversary of the Barbie doll. When the networks did touch the story, it came flattened by skepticism. Only NBC's Today aired an interview. On March 9, Katie Couric helped Energy Secretary Bill Richardson make excuses: "Isn't there a possibility that China could have done this on its own?" Since the first ten days, the Big Three have ignored several significant revelations: - Media Research Center 4/26/99 Tim Graham
The New York Times blows the lid off Clinton administration footdragging in the investigation of Chinese espionage at the nation's leading nuclear-weapons research facility in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Newsmax 3/12/99
New York Times published article detailing alleged theft of nuclear secrets from LANL. Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
March 7, 1999
The White House announces that the First Lady will not accompany the President on his Central American campaign swing, saying she had to nurse her bad back. Newsmax 3/12/99
Sexgate whistleblower Linda Tripp tells "This Week's" Sam and Cokie that Mrs. Clinton was mixed up in every White House scandal she had knowledge of. Tripp also explains that the "Juanita" she and Lewinsky discussed on tape was not Juanita Broaddrick, but yet another woman who could prove "difficult" for the President. Newsmax 3/12/99
March 8, 1999
Juanita Broaddrick's son Kevin Hickey discusses his mother's rape by Clinton on Larry King Live. Afterwards, former Clinton aides Dee Dee Myers and David Gergen look like they've been hit by a Mack truck. Newsmax 3/12/99
Wen Ho Lee is fired by the DOE - New York Times, JAMES RISEN and JEFF GERTH, 04/28/99
Wen-Ho Lee fired by DOE, more than 18 months after FBI first told DOE that there was no longer any investigative reason to allow the espionage suspect to remain in place Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
(afterwards) Lee consented to FBI search of office and computer Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
On March 8, 1999, the NSA reported China had sold specialty steel to North Korean for its missiles. - NewsMax.Com 1/6/00 on reports by the Times - NewsMax.Com 1/6/00 on reports by the Times
March 11, 1999
NewsMax.com reveals administration complicity in new Chinese nuclear espionage at California's Lawrence Livermore Labs. Newsmax 3/12/99
The New York Post front pages the Clintons' marital woes, echoing the previous night's FOX News and Drudge reports. Newsmax 3/12/99
March 15, 1999
Sen. Inhofe speaks up on the National Security issues, China, treasonous conduct Inhofe speech
March 16, 1999
It took just over a year for Raymond Mislock, associate deputy director at the CIA, to conclude that his ideas for fixing security problems at the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons plants and laboratories were falling on deaf ears. Mislock was appointed early in 1998 to the DOE's Security Management Board, a government-wide panel set up to address concerns that the department lacks proper safeguards for millions of secret records and thousands of tons of nuclear material in its custody. "I expected the (DOE) wanted the input of representatives from other agencies," Mislock told department officials in a March 16 letter. "Unfortunately, my experience with the board indicates that it is a feckless exercise with no accomplishments almost 15 months after it was established." - USA Today 5/19/99 Peter Eisler
March 18, 1999
President Clinton ordered an analysis of the counterintelligence security threat at U.S. nuclear labs in the wake of suspicions that China stole nuclear weapons designs. Clinton directed the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board to conduct a review. Former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., the head of the panel, will lead the investigation. Clinton acted on the recommendation of National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, whose resignation has been demanded by some Republicans because of the administration's handling of the alleged espionage. AP Barry Schweid
March 19, 1999White House sent a confusing cable to US embassies informing diplomats that the two amendments added to the Senate national missile defense bill meant "no deployment decision has been made" - The Heritage Foundation 4/8/99 Thomas Moore
"To the best of my knowledge, no one has said anything to me about any espionage which occurred by the Chinese against the labs, during my presidency," Clinton said at a White House news conferenceUSIA, Transcript, 03/19/99
ABC's Sam Donaldson asked the obvious question: "Can you assure the American people that, under your watch, no valuable nuclear secrets were lost?" Clinton was unequivocal in his answer. You asked me [a] question, which is: Can I tell you that there has been no espionage at the labs since I have been president?" Clinton said. "I can tell you that no one has reported to me that they suspect such a thing has occurred." - Washington Post 5/26/99
March 23-26 1999
* The eleventh meeting of the Gore Chernomyrdin Commission, -->renamed the Gore Primakov Commission after Chernomyrdin's firing, was originally scheduled for this date, but has been postponed indefinitely. http://www.usia.gov/regional/bnc/usrussia/main.htm
(Days after he is accused of TreasonGate) Clinton Launches massive bomb attack on Kosovo. Clinton claims U.S. has "moral imperative" to bomb Kosovo Reuters 3/24/99 Philip Pullella
New York Times reporter James Risen revealed: "In spring 1997, Los Alamos National Laboratory chose a scientist who was already under investigation as a suspected spy for China to run a sensitive new nuclear weapons program, several senior government officials say. The scientist, Wen Ho Lee, asked that he be allowed to hire a research assistant, the officials said. Once in the new position, in charge of updating computer software for nuclear weapons, Lee hired a post-doctoral researcher who was a citizen of China, intelligence and law-enforcement officials said....the research assistant has disappeared." Network coverage? Zero. - Media Research Center 4/26/99 Tim Graham
March 26, 1999
Senate Intelligence Committee launched a formal investigation into allegations that China stole secrets from US nuclear weapons research labs and how the case was handled by the US government. Reuters 3/26/99
March 28, 1999
* "...The New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday that Western intelligence officials believe Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov took a payoff from Iraq in exchange for strategic materials from Moscow to build up its nuclear weapons stockpile. Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh quoted high-level American intelligence sources as saying Primakov received $800,000 in a wire transfer in November 1997. The New Yorker said a spokesman at the Russian embassy in Washington denied all charges of corruption against Primakov. National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, asked about the report during an appearance on ABC's "This Week," said that while he had not read the whole article and had just seen it, "I have no evidence to support that, no. I don't know whether Mr. Hersh has." In the report, Hersh quoted one unidentified source as saying, "A payment was made." "This is rock solid - like (now-jailed Mafia boss) John Gotti ordering a whack on the telephone. Ironclad." The weekly magazine, which goes on sale on Monday, said a British signals-intelligence unit intercept produced evidence of the transfer. It quoted a second unidentified U.S. official as saying, "There was a wire transfer to an account of $800,000." ..."Russia is hopeless now," Rolf Ekeus, the first head of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) in charge of dismantling Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, was quoted in the New Yorker as saying. "It is clear that Russia is making a serious effort to control events. Saddam will get a bomb, because these materials are floating in. Every day, they are more advanced." ...." Rep J D Hayworth (R-Az) 3/29/99 Washington Weekly "...Sacramento Bee, Nando Media/Reuters DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON SECTION: BEHIND THE TREASON ALLEGATIONS SUBSECTION: SANDY BERGER
March 29, 1999
Submerged across the bottom of two pages of the March 29 issue, Newsweek correspondents John Barry and Gregory L. Vistica reported on a CIA probe of the compromised nuclear labs. Top nuclear experts "practically fainted" at how Chinese scientists routinely used U.S. lab phrases and concepts. One official announced: "The penetration is total...they are deep, deep into the labs' black programs." They also learned "Beijing recently got hold of two U.S. cruise missiles that failed to detonate during last fall's retaliatory attack on Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan," and officials want to know if the Chinese are copying that sophisticated technology. Network coverage? Zero. - Media Research Center 4/26/99 Tim Graham
March 30, 1999
After learning on March 30 that Lee had improperly moved vast amounts of nuclear secrets, Richardson said he decided to "speed up" plans adopted months earlier to improve computer security. - New York Times 5/2/99 Jeff Gerth James Risen
March 31, 1999
After several investigative news reports on the China connection by the Washington bureau of Investor's Business Daily, the newspaper's lead editorial on March 31 revealed: "As part of the probe, the [FBI] requested a wiretap on Lee. Justice denied it, arguing it did not have sufficient grounds to take to a federal court to get the tap approved. But a look at the Justice Department's record on wiretaps calls that argument into serious question. From 1993 to 1997, federal officials requested 2,686 wiretaps. For all its concern for probable cause and legal standards, the Justice Department turned down one request in those four years - Lee's in 1996." Network coverage? Zero. - Media Research Center 4/26/99 Tim Graham
Clinton Executive Order 13117 issued "to further the implementation of the reorganization of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) into the Department of State, in this instance by eliminating ACDA's vote on dual-use export license decisions in the administration of export controls"
DOE - The annual reports [Annual Report to the President on the Status of Safeguards and Security] for 1997 and 1998 reached the president - USA Today 5/19/99 Peter Eisler
[THE ALLEGATION AGAINST REAGAN:] "...Instead of placing stricter controls on access to the national laboratories, however, the Reagan administration issued an executive order in 1987 that loosened controls so that scientific advances could be more easily commercialized by the private sector. That order also gave freer entry to foreign citizens and corporations. Then in 1988 an alarm arose from within the government: The General Accounting Office reported to Congress that security procedures to protect sensitive data at the national labs were fearfully lax, and needed immediate improvement...." Salon 4/99 Joe Conason
"On June 18, The Washington Times ran an item in its "Inside the Ring" section quoting Pentagon intelligence sources as saying that Russia had tested in April a high-altitude weapon that fires an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP " - Washington Times 7/12/99 James Hackett
FBI begins discussing Rule 41 criminal search warrant with DOJ's Criminal Division. Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
April 2, 1999
Computer systems shut down at the laboratory - New York Times 5/2/99 Jeff Gerth James Risen
Early April, 1999
During a subsequent meeting at the White House residence in early April, the president told Richardson to "get to the bottom of it.(Wen Ho Lee's Computer Transfers) New York Times, JAMES RISEN and JEFF GERTH, 04/28/99
April 4, 1999
The Los Angeles Times... "The chief of China's military intelligence secretly directed funds from Beijing to help re-elect President Clinton in 1996, former Democratic fundraiser Johnny Chung has told federal investigators." Reporters William Rempel, Henry Weinstein, and Alan Miller reported: "Chung says he met three times with the intelligence official, Gen. Ji Shengde, who ordered $300,000 deposited into the Torrance businessman's bank account to subsidize campaign donations intended for Clinton."...The Times also revealed the FBI monitored groups of Chinese visitors in California regarded as a possible hit squad: "more than 40 agents were assigned to guard Chung, his wife and three children for three weeks." Network coverage? Nothing on any Big Three morning or evening show. None of these details, or the subsequent press conference and state dinner with Chinese premier Zhu Rongji later in the week spurred interest. ABC's Sam Donaldson got closest to touching the revelations five days late, reporting without even a raised eyebrow that Zhu "said he had no knowledge that the Chinese government had contributed money to Mr. Clinton's 1996 campaign." - Media Research Center 4/26/99 Tim Graham
April 7-8, 1999
FBI staff informally raised question of seeking FISA warrant with OIPR staff. FBI drafted, but did not transmit formal request to OIPR. Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
April 8, 1999
New York Times reporters Jeff Gerth and James Risen began: "In early 1996, the United States received a startling report from one of its Chinese spies. Officials inside China's intelligence service, the spy said, were boasting that they had just stolen secrets from the United States and had used them to improve Beijing's neutron bomb, according to American officials." After repeated administration claims that all nuclear-weapons espionage happened in the mid-80s, the Times found espionage happening in 1995. Network coverage? In a press conference that day with visiting Chinese premier Zhu Rongji, both the AP and Reuters reporters on hand asked about the Times charges. Still, the CBS Evening News ignored the story, except for one vague reference by Bill Plante: "Did China steal U.S. nuclear technology? Zhu Rongji said he didn't know a thing about it." ABC and NBC covered the subject, though NBC did not give credit to the newspaper and concluded by stressing the White House spin that "there's no evidence China's neutron bomb was improved - as a result." The next morning, CBS's This Morning ignored it. ABC's Good Morning America gave the Times story two updates totaling 30 seconds, and NBC's Today awarded one 38-second brief. But NBC spent two minutes and 43 seconds on beavers gnawing down cherry trees on Washington's Tidal Basin. - Media Research Center 4/26/99 Tim Graham
April 9, 1999
FBI obtained criminal warrant to search Lee's house. Search conducted next day Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
April 10, 1999
Wen Ho Lee's house is searched for the first time by the FBI New York Times, JAMES RISEN and JEFF GERTH, 04/28/99
April 12, 1999
Wright finds Clinton in contempt of court for his testimony in the Jones' lawsuit about his relationship with Lewinsky and says she will refer the matter to the Arkansas Supreme Court disciplinary committee. AP 5/23/00
April 14, 1999
Attorney General Janet Reno declines to prosecute, but suggests a "review" of Deutch's security clearances. UPI 2/23/00
April 15, 1999
John Huang is deposed by Judical Watch. He asserts the 5th admendment to almost every question Judicial Watch, 04/15/99
April 19, 1999
Assistant Secretary of Energy Rose Gottemoeller informed [DOE Whistleblower] McCallum that he had been placed on administrative leave without pay, and was under investigation for having released classified information in telephone conversations that were taped by Mark Graf three years earlier, and which (without his knowledge or consent) recently appeared on an Internet website. - The American Spectator 6/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman
April 28, 1999
The New York Times reported "A scientist suspected of spying for China improperly transferred huge amounts of secret data from a computer system at a government laboratory, compromising virtually every nuclear weapon in the United States arsenal, government and lab officials say." Network coverage? ABC's World News Tonight aired a full story. CBS Evening News mentioned it before its own exclusive report on nuclear lab security. CNN's The World Today aired two reports. But NBC aired nothing. ..." - Media Reality Check 5/6/99 Vol. 3, No. 17 Tim Graham
April 29, 1999
In response to the Times, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson gave an interview to The Washington Post admitting "a serious security breach that is unconscionable." The front-page Post article reported that Richardson signaled the possibility that Lee "may have made available to China far more sensitive information than previously imagined," including during the Clinton years. Network coverage? Nothing. - Media Reality Check 5/6/99 Vol. 3, No. 17 Tim Graham
April 30, 1999
The Washington Post front page reported that Congress "erupted" with criticism against the FBI and the Justice Department. "After grilling FBI Director Louis J. Freeh for nearly three hours in a closed-door hearing, members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from both parties appeared equally outraged at what they depicted as lax handling of past and present investigations into suspected leaks of classified data. Their concern was aroused in particular by Freeh's testimony that the suspect, Wen Ho Lee, had been cited for suspicious actions going back almost 20 years." Network coverage? Only CNN aired a story on the hearing. - Media Reality Check 5/6/99 Vol. 3, No. 17 Tim Graham
May 2, 1999
* The New York Times reports that "....a 25-page counterintelligence report contains many examples of lax security and serious intelligence breaches at the labs that have not been previously disclosed, involving more than a dozen foreign countries. Foreign spies "rightly view DOE as an inviting, diverse and soft target that is easy to access and that employs many who are willing to share information," the report states.....The report also singles out Russia and India as immediate threats...."
"...The report also focuses on security breaches at the labs involving other countries, citing numerous incidents. For example, Russian intelligence has intercepted communications from Los Alamos concerning nuclear power plants used for military purposes....."
New York Times 5/2/99 Jeff Gerth James Risen
May 5, 1999
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard from nuclear lab directors and probed delays in warrants for Wen Ho Lee. Officials admitted Lee's security file was lost at one point. Network coverage? Only ABC aired a story. Bob Woodruff simply relayed the Justice Department's claim that it twice turned down warrant requests "because the evidence against Lee was insufficient." - Media Reality Check 5/6/99 Vol. 3, No. 17 Tim Graham
May 10, 1999
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket successfully launched two civilian satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China early this morning, the Xinhua news agency reported. The two spacecraft are the Fengyun 1C meteorological satellite and the Shi Jian 5 satellite for scientific experiments. - UTC Kriten Rountree
May 11, 1999
China and Russia - Jiang and Chernomyrdin (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
May 18, 1999
Azerbaijan registered an official protest with Beijing, claiming that China sold eight Typhoon missiles (with a range of 37 miles) to Armenia. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Tofig Zulfugarov further claimed that the weapons were sold to Armenia by an unnamed joint Sino-Russian company following a joint visit by Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev and Armenian Defense Minister Vargen Sarkisyan to China. - Baku Alleges Moscow Brokered Chinese Missile Sale to Armenia, Stratfor, 06/21/99 (Chinese-Russian Military, Armenia, Arms Sales)
May 19, 1999
China and Thailand (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
May 24, 1999
China and Russia - Chi Haotain (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
Chinese Defense Minister General Chi Haotian met with the Commander-in-Chief of Russia's Navy Vladimir Kuroyedov to discuss cooperation and exchanges between the two countries' navies, the official Xinhua news agency reports. - China Reform Monitor No. 216, June 24, 1999
May 25, 1999
China and Pakistan - Fu Quanyou and Pervez Musharaf
China and Kygyzstan (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
May 27, 1999
China and Belarus (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
The South China Morning Post reported that the People's Liberation Navy (PLN) had begun preparations to test the Great Wave 2 (JL-2). PLN officials reported that the JL-2 is scheduled to be deployed on the nuclear submarine Xia by 2000. The sub-launched missile is slated to carry a single 2.5-Megaton, thermonuclear warhead, or three 90-Kiloton warheads. WorldNetDaily 6/1/99 Charles Smith
May 28, 1999
China and Russia - Xiong Guangkai and Valdimirovich Corabelinykov (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
May 31, 1999
China and Malaysia - Tang Jiaxuan and Syed Hamid
China and Russia - Zhang Wannian, Fu Quanyou, and Valiedin Korapierinkof (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
The Defense Intelligence Agency reported in June 1999 that China was supplying North Korea with high-tech machinery, including accelerometers and gyroscopes, needed by its missile manufacturers. - NewsMax.Com 1/6/00 on reports by the Times
June 3, 1999
China and Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and South Africa, - Quian Qichen
China and North Korea - Li Peng and Kim Yong Nam (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
June 4, 1999
China and Yemen - Li Peng and Hussain Al-Ahmar (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
June 7, 1999
China and Russia - Zhang Wannian, Xiong Guangkai and Igor Sergeyev
China and Burma - Luo Gan and Khin Nyunt (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
June 9, 1999
China and Laos - Zhu Rongji, Chi Haotian and Choumali Saignakon (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
June 11, 1999
China and Pakistan - Tang Jiaxuan and Sartaj Aziz (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
June 12-13, 1999
A senior U.S. intelligence official told TAS that the U.S. had detected a Chinese nuclear test over the weekend of June 12-13, which may have been designed to validate a newly-designed neutron bomb. No mainstream media has reported the test, which was briefly mentioned in Bill Gertz's "Inside the Ring" column in the June 18 edition of the Washington Times - The American Spectator 8/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman
June 14, 1999
China and India - Tang Jiaxuan and Jaswant Singh (Chinese Diplomatic Activity Since the Embassy Bombing) Xinhua 6/10/99 Edited by Jolly
In Vladivostok, General Zhang Wannian, deputy chairman of China's Central Military Commission met Admiral Mikhail Zakharenko, Commander of Russia's Pacific fleet, the South China Morning Post reports. In addition to meeting with Zakharenko, the Chinese delegation visited the Russian destroyer Bezboyaznenny. General Zhang praised the "technological level and combat ability" of the destroyer.
ITAR-TASS reports General Zhang visited a division of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces near Novosibirsk. Zhang was shown the Topol missile and explained its possibilities in overcoming the air [or anti-missile] defense of a "potential foe."
The Russian INTER-TASS news agency reported that after his Vladivostok visit, General Zhang and his delegation traveled to Komsomolsk on the Amur River. There they toured a number of defense plants which will probably fill orders placed by the Chinese Army. - China Reform Monitor No. 216, June 24, 1999
June 18, 1999
General Zhang Wannian, returning to Beijing from a high-powered ten-day visit to Russia told Xinhua news agency that the two countries had reached an "extensive consensus." Xinhua stated that Zhang's talks in Moscow were a "major step toward the establishment of the strategic cooperative partnership."
According to Russian military sources, Zhang said in Moscow that China intended to keep buying the latest Russian equipment, including military aviation and radar, submarines, ships and cruise missiles, Muzi Lateline News reports. Western military experts say Russia and China are involved in cooperation and research projects over the next five years, estimated to be worth between five and six billion dollars. - China Reform Monitor No. 215, June 23, 1999
June 20, 1999
U.S. and European intelligence agencies are reporting mounting evidence that Russia and China have massively violated the 1972 Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention and subsequent international and bilateral agreements to control biowarfare weapons.
The convention, signed by 169 nations, prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer or use of chemical and biological weapons. All signatories with biowarfare arsenals pledged to eliminate such weapons over 10 years. While Russia and China appear to have ceased adding to their huge stockpiles of chemical weapons, both are developing new strains of highly lethal biological toxins.
According to Ken Alibek, a former deputy director of the top secret Soviet-era biowarfare program, who defected to the West, Moscow never ended its offensive biological warfare research. Alibek claims Russia has stockpiled many hundreds of tons of anthrax and plague, as well as smaller quantities of smallpox, Ebola and Marburg virus, and toxins designed to attack plants and animals. Russia is also developing a new strain of "invisible" biowarfare agents, known as bioregulators, that destroy the body's immune or neurological systems.
The Clinton administration, influenced by the strongly pro-Russian Strobe Talbot, has repeatedly rejected demands by Congress to cut off billions in U.S. aid in order to pressure Moscow into ceasing its illegal biowarfare programs. Europe, which also bankrolls Boris Yeltsin's regime, has been similarly negligent in pressing Moscow on this vital issue. - Another doomsday clock is ticking, ticking, Toronto Sun, Eric Margolis, Toronto Sun, 06/20/99 (Biological Warfare, China, Russia)
June 21, 1999
Moscow has decided to sell 72 of its front-line Sukhoi-30 jet fighter-bombers to Beijing, the Hong Kong Standard reports. Russian diplomats say that President Boris Yeltsin has given permission to sell China three squadrons of the state of the art combat aircraft. In addition, negotiations have begun for Moscow to grant a license for the production of another 250 Sukhoi-30 fighters in China. - Beijing Buys Russian Sukhoi-30 Aircraft, China Times, CNA, 06/22/99 (China-Russia Policy, Arms Deals)
June 22, 1999
* [Bill] Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin agreed in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday to continue talks this fall on possible changes to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The pact prohibits deploying missile defenses that protect either side's entire national territory. White House National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger told reporters in Cologne that a U.S. national missile-defense deployment decision will not be made before June 2000. Mr. Berger also said the administration softened its position on first requiring Russia's parliament to ratify the START II nuclear arms treaty before moving ahead with a START III pact. Negotiators will report to Mr. Clinton and Mr. Yeltsin by July 30 on a new arms pact. As for Mr. Clinton and Mr. Yeltsin's ABM talks: "What they have agreed to is to consider possible changes in the strategic situation that have a bearing on the ABM Treaty," Mr. Berger told reporters. Mr. Berger said that verbal formulation means, "in English," that U.S. and Russian officials will talk about a new strategic arms reduction treaty, or START III, and "modifications to the ABM treaty that may be occasioned by a national missile defense system, if we were to deploy one."....Senior White House officials have said the missile defense bill does not require deployment because it lacks language about funding, and because of several minor amendments added by Democrats...." THE WASHINGTON TIMES 6/22/99 Bill Gertz
June 23, 1999
China is happy with the constant improvement in Sino-Russian ties, China's second ranking leader said on Tuesday.
''China is pleased to see Sino-Russian exchange and cooperation in politics, economy, culture and other areas have been growing constantly,'' the China Daily quoted parliament chief Li Peng as saying.
Mr Li said China's parliament was ready to advance ties with Russia's Federation Council and State Duma to push forward bilateral relations.
Russian analysts say the two countries are working overtime to use the relationship to build strategic clout and chip away at the US's role as the world's only superpower. - Li 'pleased' with Sino-Russian ties, South China Morning Post, Reuters, 06/23/99 (China-Russia Policy)
June 28, 1999
At a Beijing symposium on Sino-Russian cooperation, China's parliament chief, Li Peng, told Oleg Korolyov, vice-chairman of Russia's State Council, that the two countries have "forged a partnership of strategic partnership geared toward the 21st Century," Reuters reports. Russian analysts say the two countries are working overtime to use the relationship to build strategic clout and chip away at the U.S.'s role as the world's only superpower. - China Reform Monitor No. 217, June 28, 1999
According to intelligence sources and government agency documents, China is operating a sophisticated electronic espionage network against the United States in Cuba, the Miami El Nuevo Herald reports. Two major Chinese electronics bases have been built under an agreement signed last February during a visit to Havana by Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian: an antenna farm at Santiago de Cuba - dedicated mainly to intercepting U.S. military satellite communications, and in the Bejucal complex, the Chinese have set up a telephone communications interception system.
"For China, the use of Cuba as an electronic listening post is of tremendous importance, because it means they are situated strategically in the rear guard of the United States, said a former U.S. intelligence official. U.S. agency reports obtained by Nuevo Herald state that in recent weeks Cuba has been using powerful equipment to interfere with high frequency bands "like it never has before," including air-traffic radio communications in New York. The FCC reports, "The Cubans are interfering with air traffic control communications and are also making false aeronautical transmissions to Air Traffic Control in New York." This interference, picked up by U.S. monitoring services, was traced to sources southeast of Havana.
The Chinese bases are in addition to the newly-expanded Russian electronic intelligence complex at Lourdes, which monitors the entire United States and trans-Atlantic communications. - China Reform Monitor No. 217, June 28, 1999
Back in July 1999, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she was concerned about the Chinese missile transfers to North Korea. - NewsMax.Com 1/6/00 on reports by the Times
July 14, 1999
Deutch and Arlan Spector came out with theirreport of the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (the Deutch-Specter Commission). Freeper Thanatos 2/1/00
"August 1999, Russian missile maker Zvezda displayed their weapon version of the MA-31, the KH-31, arming Sukhoi bombers being sold to India and China. The KH-31 missiles were also displayed at the August 1999 Moscow airshow and were offered to a wide variety of developing countries. Zvezda has already made large sales of the Kh-35 Switchblade (Harpoonsky) missile to India and Algeria. Future customers under pressure from Zvezda weapons merchants include Vietnam, Cuba and Iran."
"Nor was Zvezda alone at the recent Moscow weapons fair. Russian missile maker Mashinostroyenia displayed their latest anti-ship super-sonic cruise missile the "Yakhont." The Yakhont is described as a Mach 2, anti-ship, with a weight of 5,600 lbs. The Yakhont was displayed for sale along-side of the Sukhoi SU-27K Naval fighter." - NAVY CONFIRMS RUSSIAN MISSILE BUY Charles Smith, SOFTWAR, Sept. 13, 1999
August 17, 1999
On Aug. 17, 1999, the disinformation campaign officially kicked off with Vrooman dropping his bombshell on the Post's front page that Lee was suspected largely for ethnic reasons, and that the case against him was "built on thin air." What's more, Vrooman charged that the secrets Lee was suspected of compromising -- the design of the prized W-88 miniaturized nuclear warhead -- had been disseminated to private contractors and "hundreds of locations throughout the U.S. government." In other words, the leaks didn't necessarily come from Los Alamos. ......,Who is Robert Vrooman? None other than the chief of counterintelligence at Los Alamos when all the espionage allegedly took place; the chief of counterspying when all the Chinese spies were allegedly running amok. "Vrooman was a failure as head of CI at Los Alamos," Notra Trulock, former head of Energy counterintelligence, told me recently. "He was and still is on the Los Alamos payroll, and so has a vested interest in dismissing any allegations about espionage at Los Alamos on his watch." Not exactly an unbiased source. Yet Vrooman has been quoted or cited in no less than 15 Washington Post articles since August 1999. All written by Vernon Loeb, Walter Pincus, or both. WorldNetDaily 10/11/00 Paul Sperry
August 28, 1999
BEIJING, Aug 28 (AFP) - Chinese President Jiang Zemin stressed "global multi-polarization" at a meeting with Russian Vice-Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov here Saturday, the Xinhua news agency said.
He said China and Russia, as close neighbors and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, had to strive to "establish a just and rational new political and economic order" in the world, the state-run news agency reported.
The report said Jiang emphasised that "at this historical moment of the turning of the century, peace and development are the major themes and the world is moving toward multi-polarization which is irrevocable." "China and Russia are developing a strategic cooperative partnership of long-term stability, good-neighborliness, mutually-beneficial cooperation, equality, and mutual trust," it said. - Chinese President Meets Russian Vice-Prime Minister, China Times, AFP, 08/29/99 (China-Russia Policy, Jiang, Klebanov)
September 3, 1999
The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are engaged in a crash effort to analyze the growing ties between Russia and China. A major intelligence estimate is being drawn up at the request of CIA Director George J. Tenet.
The estimate is being prompted by the growing relations between Moscow and Beijing after the two found common ground in opposing NATO's war in the Balkans. The most eye-opening events have been China's acquisition of military hardware and technology from Russia.
Last month, Moscow announced an agreement with Beijing to buy 40 new Su-30 fighter-bombers worth about $2 billion. The Su-30 is an advanced version of the Su-27. China purchased 76 Su-27s and also has a license to produce the aircraft.
China has spent about $6 billion on Russian weapons under a 1992 military cooperation agreement. Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough, NATION;INSIDE THE RING. , The Washington Times, 09-03-1999, pp A6
Other deals [with Russia] include China's purchase of four Kilo submarines and six S-300 air-defense systems that have some capability of shooting down short-range missiles. The Chinese also have contracted to buy two Russian Sovremenny class missile destroyers equipped with SSN-22 Sunburn missiles that were designed to kill U.S. ships, according to Pentagon officials.
Hong Kong newspapers reported this week that Russia plans to sell China two Typhoon class ballistic-missile submarines. But a Chinese government spokesman has denied the report.
Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough, NATION;INSIDE THE RING. , The Washington Times, 09-03-1999, pp A6
September 13, 1999
* "U.S. Navy Undersecretary Buchanan has confirmed that the U.S. Navy will continue to purchase MA-31 super-sonic target missiles from Russian missile maker ZVEZDA despite admissions the MA-31 cannot meet the necessary range specifications. In a letter to Senator Lugar, Secretary Buchanan stated the "the MA-31 is available from the Boeing company and emulates more challenging threat characteristics than the VANDAL." However, U.S. Navy officials, responding to a SOFTWAR Freedom of Information request (FOIA), have confirmed the MA-31 does not meet the requirements for the U.S.N. super sonic sea skimming (SSST) target program. "It can only fly 16 miles on the deck," stated a U.S.N. program manger for the MA-31 program."
"The contradiction between actual performance and the support from the Clinton administration remains unexplained. Boeing officials again refused to comment on the MA-31 drone project with Zvezda. Repeated phone calls to Boeing have not been returned. Secretary Buchanan has also turned down a Softwar request for an interview."
* "Under pressure from the FOIA request, U.S. Navy managers denied any knowledge of allegations of corruption regarding the payments for the Russian missiles, which according to Janes Defense, include a 28% fee for the Russian Generals. Navy officials also denied knowing about the recent allegations against Boeing that they intend to help the Russians improve the range and market the missile to third world nations."
"It appears that a limited number of the Russian missiles may be purchased by the U.S. Navy to simulate possible threats from future Zvezda sales."
"However, the U.S. Navy funding also supports the "grow your own threat" theory of war. The fact that the Clinton administration funded the Russian missile maker long enough for it NOT to go out of business has created a new threat. Navy contract monies sent to Zvezda through Boeing are being used to proliferate (sell) Russian weapons on the open market."
"Representative Bob Barr recently introduced an amendment to the House seeking a ban on funding Zvezda. The amendment is under review."
NAVY CONFIRMS RUSSIAN MISSILE BUY Charles Smith, SOFTWAR, Sept. 13, 1999
September 17, 1999
* The Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) recently reported that the latest shuffling of top officials in the Kremlin has brought to power a key official supported by organized crime groups.
The DIA concluded in one report: "Key Russian organized crime figures are pleased with the appointment and subsequent actions of new Interior Minister Rushaylo. High opinion of Rushaylo suggests he will not actively investigate the most powerful criminal organizations, despite Moscow's announced plans to pursue organized crime."
Bill Gertz, THE WASHINGTON TIMES With Rowan Scarborough]MOSCOW MAFIA WATCH
October, 1999In October 1999, U.S. intelligence agencies reported China had supplied fiber-optic gyroscopes to North Korea several months earlier. - NewsMax.Com 1/6/00 on reports by the Times
In October 1999, the Pentagon reported North Korea's long-range Taepo Dong missile, tested in August 1998, could be used in a missile crisis. - NewsMax.Com 1/6/00 on reports by the Times
According to an October 1999 "Intelligence Assessment" prepared by the U.S. military's Southern Command, Li Ka-Shing is indeed a "threat" to the Panama Canal. "Hutchison Whampoa's owner, Hong Kong tycoon, Li Ka-Shing, has extensive business ties in Beijing and has compelling financial reasons to maintain a good relationship with China's leadership," states the 1999 assessment. "For example, Hutchison Whampoa could threaten to shift some business from Panama to its facilities in the Bahamas, thus giving the company additional leverage over the Panamanian government." Moreover, said the U.S. military intelligence report, "Hutchison's containerized shipping facilities in the Panama Canal, as well as the Bahamas, could provide a conduit for illegal shipments of technology or prohibited items from the west to the PRC, or facilitate the movement of arms and other prohibited items into the Americas." . WorldNetDaily 1/18/2000 Charles Smith
October 2, 1999
* (Reuters) "The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, a Pacific Fleet atomic submarine (Delta-3 by NATO classification)...successfully launched a ballistic missile from an underwater position in the Okhotsk Sea," a navy press statement said. The Navy press release said Russia launched another submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) of the same type on Friday, the first time it had tested an SLBM since the beginning of the year. It also carried out a test launch of a land-based Topol ballistic missile from the Arctic testing ground of Plesetsk on the same day. The missile had been on duty for more than 14 years, much longer than originally planned."
Russia launches third ballistic missile in two days, Russia Today, Reuters 3 Oct., 1999
October 27, 1999
The Russian Pacific Fleet destroyer Burny and missile cruiser Varyag will visit the port of Shanghai on Oct. 2-6 to mark China's 50th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Russian-Chinese diplomatic relations, said Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo. During the visit, the two Russian vessels will hold joint exercises with ships from China's Eastern Fleet. - 2/10/00 Freeper InfraRed
November 24, 1999
Unlike the deals on the Su-27, which restricted the selling of advanced weaponry equipped with the plane to the mainland, Moscow has now agreed on a full list of weapons that can arm the Su-30MK.
Beijing's military moguls have been given the option of selecting the hardware they want.
The list includes middle-range air-air missiles (AAM) R-27ER, R-27ET and RVV-AE and middle- and long-range air-surface missiles Kh-29L/T, Kh-31 and Kh-59M. - 2/10/00 Freeper InfraRed
The latest [missile technology] shipment was arranged by China through a Hong Kong company only two weeks ago, according to an intelligence report passed to the White House in late December 1999 by the National Security Agency. - NewsMax.Com 1/6/00 on reports by the Times
Dec. 9, 1999
A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on a training flight crashes 15 miles off the San Diego shore, killing seven Marines from Miramar Naval Air Station. The Associated Press 4/9/00
December 25, 1999
A destroyer in Russia was delivered to China's navy on Saturday, the Russian constructor said.
The destroyer was built by a Russian armaments company, Rosvooruzheny, after a contract for two destroyers was signed with China in 1997. - 2/10/00 Freeper InfraRed
January 2, 2000
A LONG-RANGE missile fast enough to catch any combat fighter in the world is being developed jointly by Russia and China, according to British Aerospace.
BAe, one of the two rival companies bidding for a £700 million contract to equip the Eurofighter with its own advanced air-to-air missiles, said the missile could be in production as early as 2005. It has a "ram jet" propulsion system, giving a range of 50 miles and a speed of Mach 3. - 2/10/00 Freeper InfraRed
January 4, 2000
Intelligence report says China plans to buy more warplanes, ships, and subs from Russia Source: ChinaOnline News Tue Jan 4,2000 -- China is reportedly in negotiations to purchase more fighter aircraft, destroyers and submarines from Russia, according to the latest issue of Jane's Defence Weekly. Citing "diplomatic sources in Beijing," JDW said China is seeking to buy 40 more Su-30MKK fighters, two or three upgraded Kilo-class submarines and two or three more Sovremenny-class destroyers. "Such assets would considerably enhance China's area denial capabilities," JDW noted, "especially in the East China Sea where serious tensions exist with Taiwan." - 2/10/00 Freeper InfraRed
January 24, 2000
* In a deepening "strategic partnership," Moscow intends to increase its arming of China and Iran to "resist US world domination," writes senior military correspondent Col. Vladimir Mukhin in Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta. "Russia is helping the Chinese army to arm and is planning to extend the list of licenses it accords to China for various types of weaponry," writes Col. Mukhin. "One Chinese factory has begun assembling 200 Su-27 fighter aircraft. China is also to receive [this year] two Sovremenny-class destroyers and a whole range of other naval equipment including supersonic Moskit missiles. China is the only country thus far to purchase the [anti-US aircraft carrier and Aegis system] Moskit missiles."
Analyzing the Nezavisimaya Gazeta article, the Russia Journal notes that probably the most significant aspect of military cooperation between Russia and China is their aim to "resist American expansionism." Russian and Iranian discussions have a similar anti-American emphasis. During the visit of China's Defense Minitser Chi Haotian to Moscow in January 2000, Russian Defense Minister Marshal Igor Sergeyev stated, "Contacts with Iran are progressing well in the military, military technology, scientific and energy sectors." Sergeyev also assured Iran that Moscow was backing away from its 1997 agreement with the United States, and would "fulfill all its commitments under the Russia-Iran [military] agreements concluded in 1989-90."
Russia is discussing selling Iran [and China] Tu-334 transcontinental aircraft. Former Russian air force pilot Gennady Makarov says the Tu-334 could be used as a military transport plane and perhaps as a strategic bomber.
China Reform Monitor No. 283, March 6, 2000 American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, D.C.
January 25, 2000
* Careless U.S. officials allowed aid to be diverted to Russia's clandestine and illegal biological weapons program. The New York Times reported on that Biopreparat, the now-"private" secretive organization that was the heart of the Soviet germ warfare program, has skimmed off U.S. aid intended to promote space cooperation -- and that a commission headed by Vice President Al Gore approved a questionable grant that might have funded biological weapons.
"Biopreparat also stands to benefit from a grant made by the Agency for International Development in 1997," the New York Times reports, adding that USAID awarded a $6 million grant to a joint U.S.-Russian project with a Biopreparat-owned institute. The project, according to the Times, was "approved by a Russian-American commission headed by Vice President Al Gore."
Foreign Aid Advisory No. 27, January 27, 2000 American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 27, 2000
The Arkansas Supreme Court orders the committee to investigate. AP 5/23/00
February 14, 2000
* U.S. explanations that the Clinton administration's limited ballistic missile defense proposal is limited only to "rogue states" don't convince a senior Russian general in charge of foreign military cooperation. "It's an argument for the naive or stupid," Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov tells Reuters. "[I]t does not convince serious people," he added. "This system will be directed against Russia and against China." The Reuters correspondent adds, "Ivashov said when Russian experts asked U.S. officials whether the planned shield could intercept Russian missiles, they avoided answering directly."
* Tatyana Dyachenko, daughter of former President Boris Yeltsin and an ally of reputed gangster-tycoon Boris Berezovsky, "has been attending weekly campaign sessions in the Kremlin," the Washington Times' Jamie Dettmer reports from Moscow.
* The former chairman of the St. Petersburg city legislature alleges that Vladimir Putin, as a deputy mayor in the early 1990s, was part of the corruption problem there. "He was personally involved in constructing a system of corruption in St. Petersburg," former St. Petersburg city council chairman Aleksandr Belayev tells the Toronto Globe and Mail. "He was involved in a closed, non-competitive system of distributing city property." In a 1991 food shortage case, Putin "was closely involved in choosing the private companies that would arrange the imports and exports," according to the Globe and Mail. "But much of the food never arrived. [The] city council appointed a committee to investigate the deal, and the evidence was sent to a Kremlin auditing department, where the probe quietly died."
Russia Reform Monitor No.748,February 22, 2000 American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, D.C.
February 16, 2000
* "Russia has more spies around the world than the United States and the intelligence gap has widened since the Cold War," Reuters reports, citing House Intelligence Committee staff director John Millis. Russian spies against the U.S., Millis says, remain at Cold War levels: "The number of Russian intelligence operatives working here officially in the United States has not gone down since the Cold War." Asked about the level of Russia spies working on unofficial cover, Millis said, "My guess is that U.S. intelligence would be grateful if they had one-tenth of the capability deployed against Russia as Russia has deployed against the U.S."
"The U.S. intelligence community is woefully unprepared for the future," Millis continues. According to Reuters, "A 'single digit' percentage of the intelligence budget, which is classified, goes toward analysis of all the intelligence collected, he said."
The Union of Journalists of Russia has issued a statement that "sounded the alarm," in the words of Reuters, "over what they said was a growing threat to press freedom" following the Russian government's role in the disappearance of Radio Liberty journalist Andrei Babitsky.
* One of Moscow's reasons for dragging its feet on the START 2 treaty "is that the treaty prohibits land-based MIRVed missiles," a key Duma deputy tells Sevodnya. "Experts say this will deprive us of the possibility of maneuver and of increasing the number of warheads without raising the number of missiles, in cases of need." The Duma member is Aleksandr Piskunov, who has attended "virtually all negotiations on START 2," according to Sevodnya. Russia signed START 2 seven years ago.
[Editor's note: Piskunov apparently is referring to the new SS-27 Topol-M2 ICBMs, which are being deployed to replace obsolete missiles that are being dismantled with U.S. "Nunn-Lugar" money. The Clinton administration has maintained that the SS-27 is a single-warhead missile, but Russian authorities say that it can be MIRVed to house at least three warheads.]
Russia Reform Monitor No.749,February 25, 2000 American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, D.C.
February 19, 2000
The Russian government has acknowledged it has a system in place to spy on the Internet, Jen Tracy reports in the Moscow Times. The System for Operational-Investigative Activities (SORM) of 1995 and SORM-2 of 1998 allow the former KGB to snoop on all Internet traffic in Russia by forcing Internet Service Providers to install technology linking their routers to chekist computers. Writes Tracy: "SORM-2 listening devices route copies of all Internet traffic to FSB [Federal Security Service] computers, warrant or no." Some fear that the FSB will use SORM for political purposes, and raise concerns that the FSB could steal credit card and electronic banking information for fraudulent purposes.
Russia Reform Monitor No. 751,March 1, 2000 American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, D.C.
February 24, 2000
* The CIA says it sees increased signs that Russia and China are developing means to attack commercial U.S. computer systems. "We are detecting with increasing frequency the appearance of doctrines and dedicated offensive cyber warfare programs in other countries, CIA information operations issue manager John Serabian tells Congress. Serabian specifically cites Russia and China. "Many of the countries whose cyber warfare programs we follow are the same ones that realize that, in a conventional military confrontation with the United States, they will not prevail," Serabian says in remarks carried by Reuters. <
March 17, 2000
Buried in a lengthy White House letter to Capitol Hill, the administration reveals that due to computer glitches some e-mails in the vice president's office might not have been reviewed in response to subpoenas in the campaign fund-raising probe. - AP Online 3/26/00
March 23 2000
A Justice Department court filing reveals that prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the White House e-mail problem, including Gore's office. - AP Online 3/26/00
April 7, 2000
A member of an emergency nuclear response, or NEST, team recalls seeing the hard drives in the vault during an inventory. 6/14/00 AP
April 9, 2000
A Marine MV-22 tiltrotor Osprey crashes at the Marana Northwest Regional Airport about 15 miles northwest of Tucson during a training exercise, killing 19 Marines aboard. The Associated Press 4/9/00
April 27, 2000
Another member of the response team does not recall seeing the two drives, contained in one of three emergency response ''kits'' in the vault, but says if they had been missing he would have taken notice. Associated Press 6/14/00 AP
May 2-4, 2000
The NEST emergency response team participates in an exercise at the Lawrence Livermore weapons lab in California. It's not known whether ''Kit No. 2'' -- later to be found with the drives missing -- was used in the exercise. 6/14/00 AP
May 4, 2000
A wildfire begins in federal parkland near the Los Alamos laboratory and quickly spreads out of control. 6/14/00 AP
May 7, 2000
With the laboratory threatened by the fire, members of the NEST team late in the evening inspect the vault to assure the three kits are ''out of harm's way'' and discover the two drives missing from Kit No. 2. The discovery is not reported. 6/14/00 AP
Los Alamos lab officials late in the evening of May 7 sought to secure the nuclear data from possible harm as wildfires threatened the laboratory complex, but found them missing from their containers in the vault. THE WASHINGTON TIMES 6/13/00 Jerry Seper
May 8, 2000
The Los Alamos lab is evacuated because of the fire threat and scientists disperse. 6/14/00 AP
May 13, 2000
In a move officials called unprecedented, Los Alamos National Laboratory gave an extensive tour of its facilities to reporters Saturday , trying to allay fears that a wildfire damaged key research and nuclear waste areas at the high-security facility AP 5/14/00
May 15, 2000
Col. Stanislav Lunev reveals that many journalists from Russia and other countries are, in reality, spies. He also says that many Russian journalists have recruited leading American reporters to engage in espionage as well. NewsMax 5/15/00 Christopher Ruddy
May 22, 2000
The panel announces decision to start disbarment proceedings. Clinton says he will fight to keep his law license. AP 5/23/00
With the fire danger over, operations resume at the lab. 6/14/00 AP
May 24, 2000
A group of scientists begin an ''intense search'' for the missing hard drives, but senior lab officials are not informed of the possible loss. 6/14/00 AP
May 31, 2000
Los Alamos lab director John Browne first learns of the missing hard drives and the next day informs Energy Department officials in Washington. 6/14/00 AP
June 1-2, 2000
Air Force Gen. Eugene Habiger, the DOE's top security official, and Edward Curran, chief of counterintelligence, are informed of the loss and meet with the FBI. 6/14/00 AP
June 4, 2000
A team of 22 FBI agents and a dozen DOE investigators, led by Habiger, descend on Los Alamos and begin investigation, interviewing those with access to the vault and continuing the search. 6/14/00 AP
June 12, 2000
The Los Alamos laboratory announces in a news release that two top-secret hard drives containing nuclear data had been found missing. 6/14/00 AP
June 13, 2000
Six laboratory managers, including the head of the nuclear weapons programs, are put on paid leave, pending the investigations. Richardson complains about not being informed about the loss for nearly three weeks and promises disciplinary action. 6/14/00 AP
June 14, 2000
Congressional intelligence and armed services committees begin hearings into the security breakdown. At Los Alamos, FBI and DOE officials begin plans to give polygraph tests to scientists who had access to the vault. 6/14/00 AP