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Lawmakers Call for Probe Of FBI’s Spy Case

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- WASHINGTON

A group of lawmakers is calling for a congressional probe of the FBI’s handling of suspected China double agent Katrina M. Leung, saying that the bureau’s system for handling confidential informants may be flawed.

In a letter to Judiciary Committee chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, released Monday, three senators requested hearings on the “larger national security issues” of the arrests earlier this month of Leung and retired Los Angeles FBI counterintelligence agent James J. Smith. Leung has been accused of passing classified information to China that she took from Smith during a 20-year relationship in which the two were also sexually involved, prosecutors say.

“If even a portion of the allegations are true,” the letter said, “we cannot afford to wait until yet another breach of national security occurs before we work with the FBI to improve security and the handling of confidential informants.” The letter was signed by Sens. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Arlen Specter, R-Pa. All three men have been vocal critics of the FBI in the past.

The missive follows a request Friday by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., seeking a Justice Department probe into whether Leung, a politically wired, San Marino, Calif., businesswoman, may have illegally contributed money to Republican campaigns that came from the Chinese government.

U-Wisconsin Students Do Their Own Whistle-Blowing

THE WASHINGTON POST

The accounting students had been given a take-home test so they could be free to attend a speech earlier this month by Sherron Watkins, the Enron whistle-blower who alerted investigators to the company’s questionable accounting practices.

But apparently some of the University of Wisconsin students didn’t take her message to heart. After being instructed to work individually on their exams, some worked in groups.

Students who had done their own work reported the others.

As a result, everyone had to retake the test, and those who scored significantly lower received the lower grade. Many have since admitted to cheating, though a university official said the number of offenders is “significantly lower” than the 60 who were originally thought to have cheated.

“We just think, like any cheating by students, it’s unfortunate this happened,” said Michael Knetter, dean of the Business School on the Madison campus. “We’re pleased some students came forward and told faculty members they had reason to think there was cheating, and we’re doing something about it.”