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  • Source Gives Details of Iran Nuke Deal

    02/20/2004 2:05:17 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 276+ views
    Associated Press | February 20, 2004 | ROHAN SULLIVAN
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan sold centrifuge parts to Iran for its nuclear program in the mid-1990s for $3 million in cash, police said Friday, citing the deal's middleman. Buhary Syed Abu Tahir, the alleged chief financier of an international nuclear trafficking network run by Khan, told Malaysian police that the scientist asked him to send two containers of used centrifuge parts from Pakistan to Iran in 1994 or 1995. Tahir also said Libya received enriched uranium from Pakistan in 2001, according to police. Tahir is in Malaysia and has been questioned by local authorities...
  • Pakistan demands nuclear papers

    02/17/2004 7:09:03 AM PST · by milestogo · 22 replies · 201+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Massoud Ansari
    <p>KARACHI, Pakistan -- The scientist behind a worldwide black market in nuclear technology is involved in high-stakes brinksmanship over his future, refusing to hand over reportedly incriminating documents demanded by Pakistani authorities.</p> <p>The documents and a tape-recorded statement, which are said to demonstrate that senior Pakistani army officials -- including President Pervez Musharraf -- were aware of Abdul Qadeer Khan's nuclear proliferation activities, are believed to have been smuggled out of the country for safekeeping by the scientist's daughter Dina.</p>
  • Pakistani traded cash for silence

    02/17/2004 3:27:08 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 2 replies · 149+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 2-17-2004 | PAUL HAVEN
    Pakistani traded cash for silence February 17, 2004 BY PAUL HAVEN ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Abdul Qadeer Khan spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy loyalty -- writing checks for anything from seminars to friends' weddings -- in a scheme that allowed him to elude suspicion as head of the world's most successful nuclear black market, senior scientists and government officials said Monday. Pakistan acknowledged this month that Khan sold weapons secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. But signs that the grandfatherly engineer was up to something illegal had been around for years. ''If you wrote to him that...
  • Bin Laden met nuke scientists -- 'Nuclear bazaar' story out of Pakistan gets more bizarre

    02/08/2004 9:48:09 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 100 replies · 3,011+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 2.8.2004 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – As the Pakistani nuclear proliferation story widens, U.S. intelligence officials say top atomic scientists from that country met with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar in Afghanistan. Two former senior Pakistani nuclear scientists who were based in the Afghan town of Kandahar met Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden several times before the fall of the Taliban. They were later detained and questioned on their return to Pakistan. Last week, after it became clear that Pakistan was the center of what has become known internationally as the "nuclear bazaar," President Pervez Musharraf agreed to pardon nuclear scientist Abdul...
  • Equipment stolen from Pakistan's nuclear weapons lab went to Iran, North Korea, Libya and Malaysia

    02/03/2004 1:29:17 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 175+ views
    Associated Press | February 3, 2004
    Sources: Equipment stolen from Pakistan's nuclear weapons lab went to Iran, North Korea, Libya and Malaysia ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- The father of Pakistan's nuclear program smuggled out high-tech centrifuges used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons and other equipment to Iran, Libya, North Korea and Malaysia through an international black market network, officials said Tuesday. "In some cases, chartered planes were used to smuggle out centrifuge machines and other sophisticated equipment to these countries," a senior government official told The Associated Press. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said two "individuals" from Sri Lanka and Germany...
  • AP: Nuclear Black Market Is Small, Covert

    02/02/2004 12:43:03 PM PST · by Dog · 25 replies · 216+ views
    AP: Nuclear Black Market Is Small, Covert AP Enterprise: Nuclear Black Market That Supplied Iran, Libya, North Korea Is Small, Covert The Associated Press VIENNA, Austria Feb. 2 — The nuclear black market that supplied Iran, Libya and North Korea is small, tight-knit and appears to have been badly hurt by the exposure of its reputed head, the father of Pakistan's nuclear program, diplomats and weapons experts told The Associated Press. They describe the network that circumvented international controls to sell blueprints, hardware and know-how to countries running covert nuclear programs as involving people closely dependent on one another. Abdul...
  • Pakistan scientist sold nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran, Libya (he confessed)

    02/01/2004 7:03:47 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 26 replies · 521+ views
    National Business Review ^ | Feb. 1, 2004 | NBR
    Dr AQ Khan, a Pakistan national hero for having led the country into the elite club of the nuclear-armed, has confessed to selling nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Iran and Libya. The confession is contained in a 12 page document signed by Dr Khan on Sunday, Dawn reports. It came after a series of intense, two hour "debriefing" sessions and ended several months of denials by the scientist that he was the principal culprit in the illegal technology transfers. The confession is the capstone in a pyramid of evidence collected over the past two months as Pakistan authorities targeted...
  • Pakistan N-secrets sold to Iran through Germans

    12/28/2003 8:41:15 PM PST · by AM2000 · 4 replies · 247+ views ^ | London, December 28 2003 | Vijay Dutt
    A few scientists associated with Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme used German go-betweens to sell their secrets to Iran, according to a high-level source in Islamabad quoted in the Sunday Times. This makes sense if one recalls that a few Pakistanis had been detained in Munich quite a few years ago when allegedly caught carrying stolen fissile material from Russia. Later, it was said the German Intelligence officers had caught them during a sting operation. The Times report also said the scientists were " motivated entirely by money". Two Sri Lankan businessmen based in Dubai helped the scientists when they passed...
  • The Nuclear Suitcases Of Sheikh Osama Bin Laden - A Christmas Message From Daleel Almojahid

    12/27/2003 8:11:26 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 82 replies · 359+ views
    Pipieline News ^ | 27 December 2003
    The Nuclear Suitcases Of Sheikh Osama Bin Laden - A Christmas Message From Daleel Almojahid PipeLineNews - Editor's note: As we consider the heightened state of terror awareness, it may be instructive to read a sample of the type of "chatter" that has alarmed the intelligence gathering mechanism of the United States. It comes from an Internet source called Daleel Almohahid which means roughly, Guide or Directive of the Jihad, in Arabic. Internet message boards such as this one have been increasingly cluttered with such ominous warnings. This is a remarkable document. Many of the facts claimed by it are...

    12/09/2003 2:09:39 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 185+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/09/03 | Post Wire Services
    <p>December 9, 2003 -- CHISINAU, Moldova - Dozens of rockets outfitted with so-called "dirty bombs" are missing in a breakaway region of the former Soviet republic of Moldova, an expert said yesterday.</p> <p>Oazu Nantoi, a political analyst at the nongovernmental Institute for Policy Studies in Chisinau, said he had seen photocopies of Russian military documents that revealed at least 38 dirty-bomb warheads had disappeared from a storage depot near the Trans-Dniester Tiraspol military airport.</p>
  • Road to Pyongyang through Beijing?

    02/22/2003 9:16:32 PM PST · by Aaron_A · 11 replies · 124+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 21, 2003 | William C. Triplett II
    <p>According to published reports, in the late spring of 1993, there was an upsurge in illicit Weapons of Mass Destruction [WMD] shipments by the People's Republic of China, and Congress was pressing the young Clinton administration to deal with the problem. By midsummer, the administration had intelligence that a Chinese ship, the Yin He was on its way to deliver WMD chemicals to a terrorist state. Although congressional staff specifically warned them that something didn't smell right [Beijing was vigorously denying all], they halted the ship and searched it. There was no contraband, the administration was humiliated worldwide and they never stopped another Chinese ship for the next 7½ years. If, as many of us suspect, the Chinese dropped tainted intelligence on the Clinton administration, the operation was spectacularly successful.</p>