Author David Wise To Discusses New Book At AFIO Luncheon

"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 about the murky and consequential underworld of nuclear espionage."—Tom Brokaw

"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

Best-selling author and leading expert on intelligence and espionage, David Wise offers the first comprehensive account of China’s long spy wars with America in TIGER TRAP, due out on June 14 but available for first time to public at AFIO Luncheon, Friday June 3 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tysons Corner, VA.

Based on unparalleled insider sourcing, Wise reveals breaking news as he discloses the extraordinary successes and penetrations of American national security that the Chinese have achieved.  Among the many startling and disturbing revelations in TIGER TRAP are how the CIA learned China had discovered the details of America’s most advanced nuclear warhead, and how Chinese intelligence managed to penetrate both the FBI and the CIA. 

TIGER TRAP tells the full story of how the MSS, China’s intelligence service, penetrated the FBI through double agent Katrina Leung. Code-named PARLOR MAID, Leung was having simultaneous affairs with the bureau’s two top agents responsible for Chinese counterintelligence while receiving millions from the FBI. Wise discloses how FBI ace counterintelligence agent Leslie G. Wiser Jr. broke open the case as well as how the Justice Department subsequently bungled the prosecution’s case against Leung. TIGER TRAP also explores the relationship of Richard Nixon with a former Hong Kong bar hostess, and reveals in a case code-named ETHEREAL THRONE how an innocent defense engineer was falsely accused as a Chinese spy by an FBI informant.

Wise provides the first in-depth account of how China obtained the secrets of the neutron bomb from the U.S., and how, in an investigation code-named SEGO PALM, the FBI tried unsuccessfully for four years to discover how China had acquired the secrets of America’s smallest and most sophisticated nuclear warhead: the W-88, which sits atop the missiles on Trident submarines.

TIGER TRAP also relates several recent Chinese espionage operations against U.S. targets. They include the case of Chi Mak, an engineer for a California defense contractor, who was convicted in 2007 for passing sensitive U.S. Navy technology to China for more than twenty years. Among the information Chi Mak provided were details of the Quiet Electric Drive (QED) designed to make U.S. submarines run silently making them more difficult to detect, as well as information about the DD(X), the Navy’s next-generation high-tech destroyer. Wise also relates the case of Dongfan “Greg” Chung, a Boeing engineer, who was sentenced in 2010 to nearly sixteen years for passing information to Beijing about the space shuttle and U.S. fighter jets. The book also includes the backstory and details of China’s famed cyber-espionage attacks.

As Wise makes clear in TIGER TRAP, the espionage war between China and the U.S. is continuing and shows no sign of diminishing, even as the two countries seek cooperation in other areas. The conflict is no less real for being—until now—largely unseen.

Author Biography

David Wise is America’s leading writer on intelligence and espionage. His latest book, Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) was published in June 2011 and listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the Top Ten political books of spring 2011. His book, Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America (Random House, 2002) received high praise from reviewers as the best account of the case. An earlier book, Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million (HarperCollins, 1995) was cited by The New York Times Book Review as "the most authoritative" account and was excerpted in TIME magazine.

Mr. Wise is the coauthor of The Invisible Government, the book about the Central Intelligence Agency that became the number-one best seller in the United States and has been widely credited with bringing about a reappraisal of the role of the CIA in a democratic society. He is also the author of Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas, (Random House 2000), Molehunt: The Secret Search for Traitors that Shattered the CIA (Random House, 1992), The Spy Who Got Away (Random House, l988), a book about the CIA's first defector to the Soviet Union, The American Police State (Random House, 1976), and The Politics of Lying (Random House, 1973). With Thomas B. Ross, he is coauthor of The Espionage Establishment (Random House, 1967), The Invisible Government (Random House, 1964), and The U-2 Affair (Random House, 1962). Mr. Wise is also the author of three espionage novels, The Samarkand Dimension (Doubleday, 1987), The Children's Game (St. Martin's/Marek, 1983), and Spectrum (Viking, 1981), all published to enthusiastic reviews.

Mr. Wise commented on intelligence issues for the Cable News Network (CNN) for six years, and has appeared on all of the major television networks. He is the former chief of the Washington bureau of the New York Herald Tribune. A native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia College, he joined the Herald Tribune in 1951, served as the newspaper's White House correspondent during the Kennedy administration, and as chief of the Washington Bureau from 1963-1966. In 1970-71 he was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. During 1977-79, he lectured in political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. With Milton C. Cummings, Jr., he is the coauthor of Democracy Under Pressure: An Introduction to the American Political System (Wadsworth, 10th edition, 2006 Election Update, 2007), for more than three decades a leading college textbook in American government and politics. He has also contributed articles on government and politics to Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, the New Republic, Esquire, and other national magazines. In 1969 he received the page One Award of the Newspaper Guild of New York for best magazine writing. In 1974 he received the George Polk Memorial Award for The Politics of Lying. He is a member of the Gridiron Club. He is married and lives in Washington, D.C.