February 06, 2009

Pakistan says nuke scientist Khan is free citizen

A Pakistan court declared disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan a "free citizen" on Friday after years of de facto house arrest because of his alleged role in leaking atomic weapons technology to countries including Iran, North Korea and Libya.

Khan, the architect of Pakistan's nuclear program, took sole responsibility in 2004 for leaking the nuclear secrets but was immediately pardoned by former President Pervez Musharraf and placed under de facto house arrest.[via MSNBC.com]

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June 17, 2008

Latest Khan Revelations

The interwebs are all a flutter about the revelation (from David Albright via the WaPo and others) that in 2006 the design for an "advanced nuclear weapon" was discovered on a computer belonging to AQ Khan associate, Urs Tinner.

It appears that this design might of a small enough nature to be fitted on a missile. I just might want to make that trip to Israel sooner rather than later... [via Armcontrolwonk.com]

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May 31, 2008

Pakistani Bomb Scientist Breaks Silence

Dr. A.Q. Khan Gives His First Interview to an American Journalist Since Being Placed Under House Arrest in 2004.

The Pakistani scientist blamed for running a rogue network that sold nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Libya has recanted his confession, telling ABC News the Pakistani government and President Perez Musharraf forced him to be a "scapegoat" for the "national interest."

The story can be read here.

I would recommend that you read Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network by Gordon Corera , to get a much more in depth analysis of what Dr. A.Q. Khan's role in the black market nuclear proliferation.

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