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Andrew Daulton Lee

Andrew Daulton Lee (January 3, 1952) is a former drug dealer who was convicted of espionage for his involvement in the Cold War spying activities of his childhood friend, Christopher Boyce.Lee was the adopted eldest son of Dr. Daulton Lee, a wealthy California physician and graduated from Palos Verdes High School in 1970. His lifelong friendship with Boyce led him into espionage activities after Boyce, a defense industry employee with the large U.S. contractor, TRW (headquartered in the Los Angeles community of Redondo Beach), began stealing classified documents detailing how to decrypt secure U.S. government message traffic and detailed specifications of the latest U.S. spy satellites with the intention of delivering them to agents of the Soviet Union. Boyce lured Lee into the espionage by telling him the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was spying on Australia. With Boyce's stolen documents, Lee traveled to Mexico City, where he delivered them to Soviet embassy officials at Boyce’s direction. Lee often used these trips as an opportunity to engage in drug deals.

Lee and Boyce made an agreement to evenly split the profits from the espionage ring, and Boyce had used his share mainly for his personal use. Lee used his split of the profits to further his drug business, purchasing more expensive drugs, such as heroin, and being able to gain tremendous profits by selling the expensive, hard-to-obtain drugs in the United States. Boyce maintained that he continued with the espionage activity because Lee threatened and blackmailed him. He alleged that Lee made copies of the stolen documents with the intention of selling them to the Chinese, but this was false testimony by Boyce in an effort to lighten his own responsibility and ultimately obtain a lighter sentence.

In January 1977, Lee (with top secret microfilm in his possession) was arrested by Mexican police in front of the Soviet embassy in Mexico City for littering. Under interrogation and torture, he confessed to espionage. Contrary to Boyce’s story, Lee never blackmailed Boyce nor did he implicate Boyce in the espionage and did not testify against Boyce. Lee was returned to the United States, where he was convicted of espionage on 14 May.

He was sentenced by federal district judge Robert Kelleher to life in prison and moved to the federal penitentiary in Lompoc, California, while Boyce received a sentence of forty years. Lee's heavier sentence for the same offense was likely due to his prior criminal record and admitted drug trafficking.

When Boyce escaped from prison in early 1980, Lee was immediately remanded to another facility in Terre Haute, Indiana. Boyce approached Lee 24 hours before the escape and asked Lee to participate. Lee responded: “I came in the front door, I’m going out the same way.”

Lee was portrayed by actor Sean Penn in director John Schlesinger's 1985 movie The Falcon and the Snowman, based on the book of the same name by Robert Lindsey. Lee's drug-dealing earned him the nickname "The Snowman," while Boyce's interest in falconry won him his own sobriquet. Boyce was played in the film by actor Timothy Hutton.

After 21 years of incarceration, Lee was released on parole in 1998. Kathleen Mills (Boyce), an activist who had worked towards earning Lee's parole, turned her attention towards the release of Boyce following Lee's freedom and eventually married Boyce. After his release, Lee briefly worked for Sean Penn as Penn's personal assistant.

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Some of their strengths

Andrew Daulton Lee has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Creative, Energetic, Loyal, Generous, Optimistic, Kind, and Imaginative.

Smart and Hardworking

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Andrew Daulton Lee is someone who is a smart, hardworking, reliable, and loyal person, who is detail-oriented and orderly, but also generous and optimistic. A person who looks for jobs that tend to reflect their identity.

Warm and Caring

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Andrew Daulton Lee well know them as someone who can be warm, caring, and compassionate, like a lamp or torch.

Ambitious and Forceful

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Andrew Daulton Lee as someone who is ambitious, hard-working, determined, and intelligent.

A person who has a knack for identifying opportunities, has amazing concentration and focus, who can work independently, who likes starting new things, and who is somewhat of an intellectual.

Charismatic and Playful

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Andrew Daulton Lee is someone who is used to being the center of attention, and who has a playful approach to dealing with life.

They are also someone who is calm, comforting, and stable, and who loves stability and being a good friend and loyal partner.

Patient and Perseverent

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Andrew Daulton Lee tends to be someone who is patient, faithful, hardworking and persistent, and who wants to achieve a lot in life. Who tends to be rather private when it comes to expressing feelings, enjoys being independent and self-sufficient, and who is not afraid of any obstacle.

Some of Andrew Daulton Lee's challenges

While Andrew Daulton Lee has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Andrew Daulton Lee can be Pleasure-seeking, Suspicious, Stubborn, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Impulsive, and Careless.

Suspicious and Stubborn

One of Andrew Daulton Lee's key challenges is that they are someone who can be suspicious and stubborn.

Andrew Daulton Lee must also exercise caution as they can be excessive and unrealistic, and can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Relentless and Inflexible

Andrew Daulton Lee is someone who can be relentless, obsessive, and inflexible, who can be confrontational with work colleagues, can have difficulty communicating feelings and be somewhat reclusive, and who can be self-destructive, overindulgent, and extravagant.

Callous and Stubborn

Finally, Andrew Daulton Lee also can come across as cold and unemotional, be too dismissive of others' opinions, and be overly suspicious, selfish and crafty.

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