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Libby and nuclear secrets to China
Indicted ex-White House aide Lewis Libby played a key role in an earlier case of slanting U.S. intelligence for political gain - four years before the Iraq War when he was legal adviser to a House investigation into how communist China got U.S. nuclear secrets.
In 1999, Libby, a China expert, served on a special Republican-controlled House committee that laid the blame for the compromise of U.S. secrets almost exclusively on Democrats, despite evidence that the worst rupture of nuclear secrets actually occurred during the Reagan-Bush administration in the mid-1980s.
The committee's findings served as an important backdrop for Election 2000 when George W. Bush's backers juxtaposed images of Democrat Al Gore attending a political event at a Buddhist temple with references to the so-called "Chinagate" scandal.
The American public was led to believe that $30,000 in illegal "soft-money" donations from Chinese operatives to Democrats in 1996 were somehow linked to China's access to U.S. nuclear secrets. Millions of Americans may have been influenced to vote against Gore and for Bush because they wanted to rid the U.S. government of people who had failed to protect national security secrets.
But the reality was that the principal exposure of U.S. nuclear secrets to China appears to have occurred when Beijing obtained U.S. blueprints for the W-88 miniaturized hydrogen bomb, a Chinese intelligence coup in the mid-1980s on the watch of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
The intelligence loss came at a time when the Reagan-Bush administration was secretly collaborating with communist China on arms shipments to the Nicaraguan contra rebels, an operation so sensitive that Congress and the American people were kept in the dark, even as White House aide Oliver North colluded with Chinese agents.
The House report - with Libby as a top adviser - obscured this central fact by setting up a timeline that placed nearly all entries about compromised intelligence in the years of Jimmy Carter's or Bill Clinton's presidencies. Only a close reading of the report's text would clue someone in on the actual timing of the W-88 leak to China.