Source: The New York Times
On December 5, 2003 The New York Times reported that Chaplain James Yee spoke publicly for the first time Thursday with his supporters, many of whom have likened his case to that of the Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, to thank them for letter-writing campaigns and protests on his behalf. Supporters at a news conference in San Francisco called him in Georgia and put him on a speaker phone. "'All of the concern and issues you have raised in regard to my situation have surely helped to create more public awareness and bring further support,' Captain Yee said. 'I believe all of your efforts were significant in helping my legal defense team secure my release from pre-trial confinement last week as it was an enormous blessing for me to spend Thanksgiving with some of my family members.' The group that organized the news conference, New Americans for Justice, first formed in response to the case of Wen Ho Lee, who was suspected of spying but was freed from jail in 2000. It was at the center of a national groundswell of support for Captain Yee. Captain Yee's supporters say the government has charged him with adultery and keeping pornography — a fairly unusual move by the military justice system — to save face and trump up what has always been a weak case."