Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global by Gordon Corera

By Gordon Corera

A.Q. Khan was once the world's prime black industry broker in nuclear know-how, defined by means of a former CIA Director as "at least as harmful as Osama bin Laden." A hero in Pakistan and respected because the Father of the Bomb, Khan equipped an international clandestine community that offered the main heavily guarded nuclear secrets and techniques to Iran, North Korea, and Libya. the following for the 1st time is the riveting inside of tale of the increase and fall of A.Q. Khan and his position within the devastating unfold of nuclear know-how over the past thirty years. Drawing on unique interviews with key gamers in Islamabad, London, and Washington, in addition to with participants of Khan's personal community, BBC journalist Gordon Corera paints a really unsettling photo of the last word fingers bazaar. Corera unearths how Khan operated inside of an international of shadowy offers between rogue states and the way his privileged place in Pakistan supplied him with the security to construct his certain and lethal company empire. It explains why and the way he used to be capable of function so freely for thus a long time. Brimming with revelations, the publication offers new perception into Iran's nuclear targets and the way shut Tehran should be to the bomb. additionally, the ebook comprises startling new info on how the CIA and MI6 penetrated Khan's community, how the U.S. and united kingdom eventually broke Khan's ring, and the way they persuaded Pakistan's President Musharraf to arrest a countrywide hero. The publication additionally offers the 1st specified account of the high-wire dealings with Muammar Gadaffi, which ended in Libya's renunciation of nuclear guns and which performed a key position in Khan's downfall.The unfold of nuclear guns know-how world wide provides the best safeguard problem of our time. buying Bombs provides a different window into the demanding situations of forestalling a brand new nuclear fingers race, a race that A.Q. Khan himself did greater than the other person to advertise.

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By October FDO had contacted Dutch authorities to express their concerns. It has only recently become clear that from this point, Khan was coming under official scrutiny. Just how closely he was watched and by whom is a matter of debate. Ruud Lubbers, who was minister for Economic Affairs in 1975, has claimed that the Dutch authorities considered arresting Khan but were stopped by 16 RISE the CIA. “The Americans wished to follow and watch Khan to get more information,” Lubbers told Dutch radio three decades later.

Second: we will not embarrass you. Thirdly: we will not transfer the technology. ”58 CHAPTER 2 The Bomb IT WAS A WINTER MORNING and Richard Barlow was sitting in his office on the third floor of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, anticipating a quiet day. But when he answered his phone, he immediately snapped to attention. It was a colleague from the Department of Energy who had an intriguing tip off. In October 1986 the Toronto sales office of a Pennsylvania steel company had been contacted with an unusual request.

Pervez checked on his forty-five thousand-dollar kickback and then commented that the order might only be the start—also on the shopping list was beryllium, which can be used in nuclear weapons to form a shell around the fissile material. Then Pervez told the undercover agent, “the Kahuta client is ready . . ”4 There was now no doubt about the destination. “He was either very, very bright or very, very dumb,” said one investigator at the time. ”5 After the meeting at the hotel room, a container was sent to Pennsylvania to ship the steel and when Pervez turned up to inspect the shipment and finish the deal in July 1987 he was arrested.

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