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Name: Wen Ho Lee                                                                   
Born: December 21, 1939                                                           
Wen Ho Lee (Chinese born December 21, 1939) is a                                   
Taiwanese-born American scientist who worked for the University of California at   
the Los Alamos National Laboratory; a federal grand jury accused him of stealing   
secrets about the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal for the People's Republic of China (PRC) 
in December 1999 . After investigators dropped these original accusations,         
the government conducted a new investigation and charged Lee with improper         
handling of restricted data, to which he pleaded guilty as part of a plea         
bargain. In June 2006 Lee received $1.6 million from the federal government and   
five media organizations as part of a settlement of a civil suit he had filed     
against them.