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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) ó 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...
  • Hunt for Links in Clandestine Nuclear Chain Widening to Japan, Africa, Diplomats Say

    02/05/2004 11:42:55 AM PST · by knak · 36 replies · 1,611+ views
    ap ^ | 2/5/04 | George Jahn
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) - The hunt for middlemen who worked with the father of Pakistan's nuclear program to supply rogue regimes with weapons technology has widened to Japan and Africa, diplomats said Thursday. Suspects in Germany and two other European countries are also being investigated in the growing probe of the clandestine black market apparently headed by Abdul Qadeer Khan of Pakistan, they said. Also, Malaysia announced Thursday it would investigate a company controlled by the prime minister's son for its alleged role in supplying components to Libya's nuclear program. The company also has been linked to the international nuclear...
  • "Chief financier" in nuclear network had close business ties with Malaysian leader's son

    02/17/2004 9:17:51 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Associated Press | February 17, 2004
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Sri Lankan accused of being the chief financial officer for an international nuclear black market sat on the board of a company owned by the Malaysian prime minister's only son, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The connection indicates that alleged senior members of the network established by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, were able to woo partners in the highest levels of society. In the Malaysian case, the partners said they had no idea deals were being made to fashion parts that could be used to...
  • Malaysia probes alleged Libyan nuclear link

    02/05/2004 10:19:08 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 120+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | Februari 06 2004 | AFP
    Malaysian police were investigating a company controlled by a son of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi over allegations that it was involved in supplying parts for Libya's nuclear weapons programme. National police chief Bakri Omar said in a statement issued to "clarify several questions and confusion" that the probe was sparked by information provided last November by US and British intelligence services. The CIA and MI6 told Malaysia's special branch that the company, Scomi Precision Engineering (Scope), was supplying centrifuge components made in Malaysia for Libya's uranium-enrichment program. Scope is a unit of listed oil and gas firm Scomi Group,...
  • Briton Key Suspect In Nuclear Ring

    02/11/2004 7:19:48 PM PST · by blam · 272+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-12-2004 | Owen Bowcott/Ian Traynor/John Aaglionby/Suzanne Goldberg
    Briton key suspect in nuclear ring Man accused of smuggling parts tells Guardian: 'I was framed' Owen Bowcott, Ian Traynor in Zagreb, John Aglionby in Jakarta and Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington Thursday February 12, 2004 The Guardian (UK) A Middle East-based British businessman has emerged as a key suspect in a secret network supplying Libya, Iran and North Korea with equipment to build nuclear bombs. Speaking for the first time yesterday, Paul Griffin denied that his company played any part in shipping prohibited material from the Far East. He told the Guardian: "We have been framed." His comments came as...
  • As Nuclear Secrets Emerge in Khan Inquiry, More Are Suspected

    12/26/2004 5:27:25 AM PST · by Arjun · 17 replies · 1,471+ views
    When experts from the US and the IAEA came upon blueprints for a 10-kiloton atomic bomb in the files of the Libyan weapons program earlier this year, they found themselves caught between gravity and pettiness. The discovery gave the experts a new appreciation of the audacity of the rogue nuclear network led by A. Q. Khan, a chief architect of Pakistan's bomb. Intelligence officials had watched Dr. Khan for years and suspected that he was trafficking in machinery for enriching uranium to make fuel for warheads. But the detailed design represented a new level of danger, particularly since the Libyans...
  • German Ship Seized with Uranium (enrichment)-Making Parts for Libya (for nuclear bomb)

    01/01/2004 2:02:22 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 94 replies · 536+ views
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Jan. 1, 2003 | DW staff
    Officials have confirmed that a German-flagged ship was carrying parts to build a nuclear bomb from a Persian Gulf country to Libya in October. Investigators seized the shipment before it reached its destination. Just a few months before Libya declared it would cease its efforts to create weapons of mass destruction, American and British agents seized a German freighter ship loaded with centrifuges and other parts that are used to create enriched uranium, the material needed to build nuclear bombs. The seizure is believed to have influenced Tripoliís decision to suspend its weapons program last month. On Wednesday, U.S. State...