Making of a martyr?

— 12:54 AM on September 25, 2000

Some of you may be interested in this article by William Safire about the Wen Ho Lee case. I seem to recall some of you guys arguing that Lee was wholly innocent. Now that he's been released, the dynamic of the story—and of its spin— has changed. But was Lee an innocent martyr figure here? Safire's take:

Making a martyr out of Lee required making a villain out of Notra Trulock, the whistleblower who called attention to the abysmal security at our secret labs. Step two was to portray as dupes, racists and hysterics the members of Congress and journalists who forced a careless administration to get serious about security.
Hmmmmm. So which is it?
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