Tiger Trap

Tiger Trap

America's Secret Spy War With China

eBook - 2011
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"Wise's conclusion is sobering--'China's spying on America is ongoing, current, and shows no signs of diminishing--and his book is a fascinating history of Chinese espionage that should appeal to a diverse readership." -Publishers Weekly "David Wise has done it again. This time it's China. He's taken us deep into the American efforts to root out Chinese spies here and abroad. As always, Wise is the master - writing with clarity and style abou thte murky and consequential underworld of nuclear espionage." - Tom Brokaw "David Wise is a master of the nonfiction thriller and, once again, he delivers a fact-filled inside account, with sources named and no one spared, including some very amorous and reckless FBI agents. There is an important message in Tiger Trap -- about the often overlooked threat posed by China's demonstrated ability to dig out America's most important military and economic secrets." -Seymour M. Hersh "David Wise has given us a rare combination in today's literary world -- a book that is great reading, while at the same time shedding light on a subject whose seriousness should concern every thinking American." - Jim Webb, U.S. Senator from Virginia, author of Born Fighting, Fields of Fire "Extraordinary. A stunningly detailed history of China's spy war with us - from sexy socialite double agents to "kill switches" implanted offshore in the computer chips for our electric grid. Wise remains the master." -- R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence "Forget Moscow rules, Lubyanka Prison, and KGB assassins. Today's most threatening web of spies is spun out of Beijing and reaches from Silicon Valley to the Pentagon. David Wise has written a dead-on accurate narrative of major PRC cases against American targets. He names names, details agent tradecraft, and takes you into the courtroom and even a jail cell to witness the final unraveling of these sensational cases. You will never think about Chinese espionage the same way again. " - Peter Earnest, Executive Director of the International Spy Museum
For decades, while America obsessed over Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the highest levels of government. Now, for the first time, based on numerous interviews with key insiders at the FBI and CIA as well as with Chinese agents and people close to them, David Wise tells the full story of China's many victories and defeats in its American spy wars.Two key cases interweave throughout: Katrina Leung, code-named Parlor Maid, worked for the FBI for years, even after she became a secret double agent for China, aided by love affairs with both of her FBI handlers. Here, too, is the inside story of the case, code-named Tiger Trap, of a key Chinese-American scientist suspected of stealing nuclear weapons secrets. These two cases led to many others, involving famous names from Wen Ho Lee to Richard Nixon, stunning national security leaks, and sophisticated cyberspying. The story takes us up to the present, with a West Coast spy ring whose members were sentenced in 2010 -- but it surely will continue for years to come, as China faces off against America. David Wise's history of China's spy wars in America is packed with eye-popping revelations.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547554877
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (304 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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Mar 13, 2014

[8/16 Update: Yet another FBI agent was nabbed as a Chinese double-agent - - how many these past few years, in the CIA, FBI, and probably still hidden within the DIA? So when the newsies claim the FBI is investigating something, they really mean the Chinese-controlled {China's Ministry of Public Security} FBI is investigating!]
[Read this along with The Commission, by Philip Shenon] There is some good to this book (Wise's explaining how the Chinese have so thoroughly penetrated the utterly hapless FBI) and that which is very bad (the discerning reader will note the blatant errors Wise falls for, so obviously being misled by his government sources - - Robert Mueller III INADVERTENTLY helping along the Chinese spying makes one really wonder)? Also, important to note what is left unsaid: Sibel Edmonds fingered Marc Grossman as one of the inner circle of nuclear technology thieves, and Grossman, a Bush inner circle guy, is later appointed to State by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton! Also, Stephen Carbone, head of the Bush/Cheney created CIFA, Counter-Intelligence Field Activity, a huge counter-intel operation inside the Pentagon, worked at the same nuclear facility in New Mexico, Los Alamos, years before, and had contacts there. (Wise most definitively got wrong the dates of the CIFA's existence and some other important stuff.) There reader will be enlightened by Wise's mistakes, or purposeful misinformation. [Really, though, since they ship all the jobs, technology and investment to China, isn't this really all arbitrary?]

Oct 20, 2011

This is the real deal. I worked this stuff, I know these guys in the book, and the author has nailed it. I got out of Chinese FCI work as soon as I could and this book explains why.

debwalker May 21, 2011

Captures the U.S.-China spy war.


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