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  • Swiss nuclear smuggling suspect claims CIA link [Tinner]

    01/22/2009 3:09:09 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 6 replies · 683+ views
    AP via Google ^ | January 22, 2009 | Frank Jordan
    GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss man suspected of being involved in the world's biggest nuclear smuggling ring claims he supplied the CIA with information that led to the breakup of the black market nuclear network led by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. In a documentary airing Thursday on Swiss TV station SF1, Urs Tinner says he tipped off U.S. intelligence about a delivery of centrifuge parts meant for Libya's nuclear weapons program. The shipment was seized at the Italian port of Taranto in 2003, forcing Libya to admit and eventually renounce its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. The 43-year-old Tinner...
  • Ship seizure fuels fears North Korea in nuclear market

    08/17/2003 2:48:49 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 12 replies · 210+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 18, 2003 | Joby Warrick
    A ship quietly intercepted in the Egyptian port of Alexandria was carrying aluminium tubes destined for North Korea, authorities say, increasing fears that Pyongyang is stepping up efforts to buy nuclear weapons materials. French and German authorities were said to have tracked the ship, Ville de Virgo, to the eastern Mediterranean and to have seized the tubes on April 12. German police arrested the owner of a small export company and said they had uncovered a scheme to acquire up to 2000 such pipes. Investigators said they had concluded that that amount of aluminium in North Korean hands could have...
  • Papers on nuclear smuggling ring shredded

    05/22/2008 2:20:19 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 359+ views
    Swissinfo.ch ^ | May 20, 2008 | Staff
    The government ordered the destruction of documents on an alleged international nuclear smuggling network involving three Swiss engineers, it has been confirmed. The head of a parliamentary control committee said the material was shredded last November. The father and sons – Friedrich, Marco and Urs Tinner - are suspected of helping to supply parts for Libya's nuclear weapons programme between 2001 and 2003 through a trafficking ring run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atom bomb. Reports say the three worked as undercover agents for the United States intelligence service. There is widespread media speculation that Washington asked...
  • Uranium Traces Found on N. Korean Tubes

    12/21/2007 2:51:34 AM PST · by notes2005 · 14 replies · 218+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2007 | By Glenn Kessler
    U.S. scientists have discovered traces of enriched uranium on smelted aluminum tubing provided by North Korea, apparently contradicting Pyongyang's denial that it had a clandestine nuclear program, according to U.S. and diplomatic sources. The United States has long pointed to North Korea's acquisition of thousands of aluminum tubes as evidence of such a program, saying the tubes could be used as the outer casing for centrifuges needed to spin hot uranium gas into the fuel for nuclear weapons. North Korea has denied that contention and, as part of a declaration on its nuclear programs due by the end of the...
  • Report: Swiss Had Role In S. African Nukes

    10/27/2005 9:16:37 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 542+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-28-2005
    Report: Swiss Had Role in S. African Nukes Friday October 28, 2005 4:01 AM GENEVA (AP) - Switzerland played a key role in building the nuclear weapons of the former apartheid regime of South Africa, a government-sponsored report said Thursday. More than a decade ago, then-South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that his country had dismantled its nuclear weapons program. Peter Hug, the author of a report in the Swiss National Science Foundation's six-year investigation into Swiss-South African relations, said Switzerland and other countries provided technical support for South Africa's uranium enrichment efforts. Hug, a history professor at the...
  • 1999, 2000 Iraqi memos: Procurement of 50000 Aluminum Tubes That Can Be Used For URANIUM ENRICHMENT.

    04/24/2006 9:45:15 AM PDT · by jveritas · 241 replies · 13,327+ views
    This document CMPC-2004-004404 contains memos dated from 1999 and 2000 about Saddam regime procurements of 81 mm in Diameter, 900 mm in Lenght HIGH STRENGTH AND HIGH QUALITY ALUMINUM TUBES. As many of you know the issue of 81 mm High Strength, High Quality Aluminum Tubes were subject for an intensive debate since 2002 because this type of tubes can be used in GAS CENTRIFUGES FOR URANIUM ENRICHMENT. Although the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) said in its final report in 2004 the following about the procurement of these tubes “ Baghdad’s interest in high-strength, high-specification aluminum tubes—dual-use items controlled under...
  • Bush Aides Gave One-Sided View of Iraqi Data -- NYT

    10/02/2004 9:43:55 PM PDT · by ambrose · 27 replies · 493+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/3/04
    Bush Aides Gave One-Sided View of Iraqi Data -- NYT October 2, 2004 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bush administration officials, in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, gave a one-sided view of the case for believing Saddam Hussein had a nuclear arms program that ignored the doubts of their own experts, the New York Times said on Saturday. The newspaper made the charge in an article about thousands of high-strength aluminum tubes ordered by Iraq that leading administration officials said were intended for use in uranium centrifuges. "As the only physical evidence the United States could brandish of (Saddam's) revived...
  • Fired CIA agent seeks FBI probe of WMD intelligence

    08/03/2005 9:41:19 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 81 replies · 1,845+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-1-05
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fired CIA agent, who a newspaper says told superiors in 2001 that Iraq had abandoned part of its nuclear program, is asking the FBI to investigate allegations that the spy agency dismissed him for refusing to falsify intelligence. A July 11 letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller from the former agent's attorney suggests CIA officials may be guilty of criminal violations involving intelligence he produced on weapons of mass destruction in 2000 that contradicted an official agency position. The former agent's attorney, Roy Krieger, said his client initially asked the CIA's inspector general to investigate charges...
  • Reuters: Rice Says She Knew Iraq Tube Claims Questioned

    10/03/2004 7:21:52 PM PDT · by johannes89a · 27 replies · 1,340+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3 October 2004 | Wire
    Reuters is off to the races with the NYT-inspired conspiracy theory regarding Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld supposedly suppressing information about the non-existence of Saddam's nuke program: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. officials were aware some pre-war evidence cited to make the case against Iraq's Saddam Hussein was questionable but U.S. intelligence officials nonetheless deemed the threat of his developing nuclear weapons credible, top White House aides said on Sunday. President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, one top aide who cited the claims about aluminum tubes seized in Jordan in June 2001 in urging that Saddam was attempting to revive a nuclear program,...
  • NYT Article Strikingly Similar to Washington Post Article from August 2003

    10/02/2004 7:34:40 PM PDT · by Chickenhawk Warmonger · 29 replies · 1,535+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2004 | David Barstow, William J. Broad and Jeff Gerth
    "How the White House Used Disputed Arms Intelligence" NYT 10/3/04
  • Australia sexed-up Iraq dossier, former spy claims... WMD: Australia accused of hype

    08/22/2003 6:51:46 AM PDT · by woofie · 21 replies · 320+ views
    Drudge/CNN ^ | Friday, August 22, 2003
    <p>CANBERRA, Australia (CNN) -- The heat being generated over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction has moved to Australia with a former senior intelligence officer accusing Canberra of exaggerating the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime.</p> <p>Speaking to an inquiry called by the Australian Senate, Andrew Wilkie said Friday information in intelligence reports had been distorted by the prime minister's office and "sexed up" to suit the government's political agenda.</p>
  • French Freighter intercepted by Germans in Egypt carrying Nuclear Material

    04/26/2003 12:46:25 PM PDT · by putupon · 84 replies · 487+ views
    fox news ^ | 4-26-03 | fox news
    nothing furthur breaking
  • North Korean diplomat implicated in nuclear plot: German press

    09/21/2003 10:20:58 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 491+ views
    Agence France-Presse | September 21, 2003
    HAMBURG, Germany (AFP) - A former North Korean diplomat is accused of ordering material from a German firm that could be used in the production of nuclear weapons, Germany's Der Spiegel reported in its Monday edition. The news magazine said a German businessman would go on trial in Stuttgart, southwest Germany, next month in connection with the case. The diplomat was named by Spiegel as Yun Ho Jin. It said he used to work as a Pyongyang representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. According to Der Spiegel, Yun Ho Jin ordered special aluminium tubes from...
  • ASIS had role in Iraq war claims

    10/28/2003 3:31:46 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 5 replies · 147+ views
    The Age ^ | Canberra October 28, 2003 | By Mark Forbes
    Foreign Affairs Correspondent Australian intelligence played a key role in presenting controversial claims that aluminium tubes were destined for Iraq's nuclear weapons program. Last night ABC's Four Corners program revealed that the tubes were ordered by an Australian firm, manufactured by the Chinese parent company of the Australian firm and details of the shipment were passed to the United States by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, leading to its seizure. The revelations came as the Government rejected comments of Australian weapons expert Brigadier-General Stephen Meekin to The Washington Post. He said the tubes were innocuous and destined for rocket casings,...
  • US weapons hunters ignored aluminum tubes: report

    10/26/2003 4:13:31 PM PST · by TexKat · 22 replies · 291+ views
    This slide released 05 February 2003 by the US State Department shows an aluminum tube found in Iraq that could be used to enrich uranium for use in weapons of mass destruction.(AFP-HO/File) WASHINGTON (AFP) - US experts hunting for elusive weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have ignored depots containing much-publicized aluminum tubes that the administration of President George W. Bush used to illustrate alleged Iraqi nuclear ambitions. The The Washington Post reported Sunday that in their march to Baghdad on April 8, US Marines charged past rows of warehouses at Ash Shaykhili that stored machine tools, consoles and instruments...
  • Three Germans accused of selling nuclear materiel to North Korea

    08/16/2003 6:35:09 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 6 replies · 174+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug 16, 2003
    Prosecutors in Stuttgart, southwest Germany, have accused three German businessmen of attempting to export materiel to North Korea for likely use in the Stalinist country's nuclear program, Der Spiegel reports in its next issue, to be published Monday. The weekly magazine says the German government intercepted a cargo shipment last April in Hamburg destined for North Korea including 214 aluminum tubes weighing 22 tonnes. The tubes are a crucial element in the production of enriched uranium. Prosecutors suspect the director of a company called Optronic, based in southern Koenigsbronn, of violating laws on arms control and export. He was jailed...
  • Key Iraqi said to counter U.S. claims on tubes, bomb project

    07/17/2003 4:21:26 PM PDT · by Brian S · 71 replies · 1,276+ views
    <p>A key Iraqi scientist recently told the CIA that high-strength aluminum tubes bought by Baghdad weren't meant for nuclear bomb production, as President Bush suggested in his State of the Union address, two experts on Iraq's nuclear program say.</p> <p>Mahdi Shukur Obeidi, who headed a uranium-enrichment unit vital to Iraq's pre-1991 bomb plans, "also said that since '91 they hadn't resurrected a nuclear weapon program," according to ex-Iraq inspector David Albright, an American physicist who acted as go-between for Obeidi to talk to U.S. authorities a few weeks ago.</p>
  • Germany investigates illegal aluminum deal (with North-Korea or China)

    04/29/2003 12:53:20 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 331+ views
    Online IE ^ | April 29 2003 | The Irish Examiner
    GERMAN prosecutors are questioning the head of a company suspected of trying to export aluminum tubes to North Korea that could be used for making nuclear arms, the Stuttgart prosecutors' office said. The company shipped tubes listing China as the destination without a permit from Germany's Bafa Export Agency, prosecutors' spokesman Eckhard Maak said. The deal was arranged by a North Korean middleman, arousing the suspicion that the real destination was North Korea, he said. "It's a hypothesis right now that North Korea was the final destination," Maak said in an interview. Whether the purchaser was North Korean or Chinese,...
  • Suspect Nuclear Related Shipment to N Korea Intercepted: Report (French Vessel!)

    04/27/2003 2:53:19 PM PDT · by ewing · 9 replies · 224+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 27, 2003 | staff reporter
    The German government has intercepted a shipment of German made aluminum tubes probably destined for use in North Korea's nuclear programme, according to a German magazine.The weekly magazine Der Spiegel said in its issue due to be published on Monday that 22 tonnes of aluminum tubes, essential in the manufacture of enriched uranium, were loaded onto a French ship in Hamburg in early April just as the German government vetoed the shipment.The German government alerted the French authorities, who ordered the ships captain to unload the containers in Egypt.Officially the tubes were on their way to a Chines aeronautics company,...
  • A Little More On the Aluminum Tubes

    03/09/2003 12:18:39 PM PST · by Calpernia · 28 replies · 1,554+ views
    Tubes of Mass Destruction By Simon Henderson, adjunct scholar The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Weekly Standard, September 23, 2002 As the advance towards war against Iraq continues, the Bush administration has started lobbing missiles at hardline liberals ever unconvinced about the threat Saddam Hussein poses to his region and the world. The administration's game presumably is to make these diehards change their minds and to win over skeptical members of the public. One of the latest missiles involves aluminum tubes. But the story here is complicated, and thus might confuse rather than clarify the danger of Saddam. On...
  • Some Evidence on Iraq Called Fake

    03/08/2003 6:54:24 AM PST · by AzJohn · 28 replies · 543+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 8, 2003 | Joby Warrick
    Some Evidence on Iraq Called Fake U.N. Nuclear Inspector Says Documents on Purchases Were Forged By Joby WarrickWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, March 8, 2003; Page A01 A key piece of evidence linking Iraq to a nuclear weapons program appears to have been fabricated, the United Nations' chief nuclear inspector said yesterday in a report that called into question U.S. and British claims about Iraq's secret nuclear ambitions. ..... Knowledgeable sources familiar with the forgery investigation described the faked evidence as a series of letters between Iraqi agents and officials in the central African nation of Niger. The documents had been...