WASHINGTON — It’s puzzling enough that the Clinton administration,
in a break from long-held U.S. policy, recently added ally Taiwan to the
FBI’s list of hostile spy threats to the U.S.
Odder still is that the Department of Energy has allowed its nuclear
weapons labs to put out the welcome mat to foreign nationals from the
top two threats on the list, WorldNetDaily has learned.
“I hereby designate the following country threats under the [National
Security List] for 1999/2000,” Attorney General Janet Reno wrote in a
classified memo cited by the Washington Times on Tuesday.
She reportedly then listed 13 nations as priorities for FBI
counter-spying operations: Russia, China, North Korea, Yugoslavia,
Bosnia, Cuba, Vietnam, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and, in a
surprising switch, Taiwan.
Apparently, Los Alamos National Laboratory hasn’t gotten the message.
In 1999, the nation’s top-secret nuclear lab employed more scientists
and students from China than from any other country, according to an
internal Los Alamos report, a copy of which was obtained by
WorldNetDaily. Russia also has a large contingent in the lab.
At 97 workers, communist China has nearly double the number of
workers of runner-up Germany. The U.S. ally has 49 foreign nationals in
the lab. Britain has 28.
The number of Chinese nationals working in the top-secret lab has
skyrocketed 411 percent during the Clinton administration. Just 19 were
employed in 1992. Zero worked there in 1987.
According to the bipartisan Cox Commission report, Chinese spies
heisted from Los Alamos secrets to every nuclear warhead in the U.S.
arsenal. Most of the thefts took place during the ’90s.
Russia’s lab participation also has soared to 24 workers in 1999 from
1 in 1992. Russia’s contingent is twice as big as supposed new
intelligence threat Taiwan’s. The island republic has 12 foreign
nationals working at Los Alamos.