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  • NKorea weapons smugglers left trail around world

    12/25/2009 9:44:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 426+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/25/2009 | AP via Yahoo News
    Thai authorities' high-profile inspection of 35 tons of North Korean weapons was nearing completion Friday, as clues emerging around the world shed light on the business of arms trafficking — and the lengths smugglers take to hide their identities. Two weeks after Thai authorities impounded the aircraft and arrested its five-man crew, the key questions of who organized the shipment and where it was headed remain unanswered. But a trail of companies and fake addresses from New Zealand to Barcelona has illustrated how the traffickers bounced around the globe to lightly regulated countries to disguise their movements. Over the past...
  • 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...
  • FBI accuses BBC of wrecking operation to infiltrate al-Qaida

    08/16/2003 4:20:35 AM PDT · by veronica · 33 replies · 511+ views
    JPost ^ | Aug 16, 2003 | DOUGLAS DAVIS
    The FBI has accused the BBC of wrecking an elaborate operation that was designed to infiltrate al-Qaida. The BBC, regarded by some as institutionally anti-American, is said to have aborted the operation by broadcasting an "exclusive" report about the arrest of a British arms dealer last Tuesday. The arms dealer was allegedly attempting to purchase ground-to-air missiles for terrorist clients who were seeking to shoot down civilian airliners in the United States. But what 68-year-old Hemant Lakhani did not know was that he was the subject of an elaborate, 18-month-long sting operation that involved Russian intelligence "suppliers" and FBI "customers."...