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Chinese Americans Start Petition Against Bill Richardson

China Press, News report, Posted: Dec 01, 2008

NEW YORK At the news that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson could be the new Commerce Secretary, a petition against this appointment was started and quickly collected at least 80 signatures. The China Press reports that the petition was initiated by UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Ling-chi Wang and several Chinese Americans, who support Wen Ho Lee, a scientist previously with the University of California at the Los Alamos National Laboratory who was wrongly charged with espionage. A YouTube video named Wen Ho Lee Revisited (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv7v02jFHS8) shows that former President Bill Clinton and Judge James Parker apologized to Lee, but Richardson refused to do so. Wang said they will send the petition to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In their letter to President-elect Obama, it says Richardson, who was US secretary of Energy of the Clinton Administration intentionally revealed Lees name to media and accused Lee stealing nuclear secret for China, which put the 60-year-old scientist in prison for nine months. After finding Lee innocent, Judge Parker criticized the Department of Energys accusation, which embarrassed the entire nation. The letter to Obama says that the New York Times also apologized to Lee, but Richardson has held his position and criticized Judge Parkers apology.

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