Wen Ho Lee is about to be free of the constraints of a plea agreement reached one year ago this week after a bungled government investigation of the nuclear scientist. But in many ways, Lee's battle is just beginning.

A presidential pardon effort and a TV miniseries are in the works. A book about his ordeal is close to being published. And another lawsuit is moving forward as Lee alleges the government invaded his privacy with inaccurate, illegal and defamatory news leaks suggesting he was a spy.

Despite his legal problems, friends and relatives say Lee, 61, a Taiwanese-born naturalized U.S. citizen, has flourished in the year since his release.

``It would take a whole lot more than that to break him,'' says neighbor Jo Starling, the fifth-grade teacher for Lee's daughter, Alberta.