Chinese-American Activists Fight Richardson Nomination

 A group of California Chinese-American activists has launched a nationwide grass-roots movement to fight President-elect Barack Obama's nomination of Bill Richardson as commerce secretary.

The Wen Ho Lee Spy Scandal is the reason a group of Chinese-American activists in Silicon Valley are opposing any appointment of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to the Obama Administration.

The group is upset at the way Richardson handled the nearly decade-old case of Taiwanese-American Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. U.S. officials once suspected Lee of giving nuclear secrets to China when Richardson was President Clinton's energy secretary. Lee was indicted on 59 counts, jailed in solitary confinement for months, and released on time served after the government's case against him could not be proven. He was charged with one count of mishandling sensitive documents.

The Mercury News reports: "But the Chinese-American group insists that Richardson's refusal to acknowledge making serious errors in the case makes it a moral imperative to oppose his nomination to Obama's Cabinet. They say their criticism of Richardson has nothing to do with him being Latino but everything to do with his lack of judgment in the case."

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