AUTHORBroad, William J. / Sanger, David E.
TITLEAs Nuclear Secrets Emerge in Khan Inquiry, More Are Suspected
PERIODICAL TITLENew York Times
DATE PUBLISHED2004
VOLUME NUMBER
ISSUE NUMBERDecember 26
PAGE NUMBERS1 ff.
ISSN 0362-4331
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This article reviews the illegal nuclear network run by A. Q. Khan, the builder of the Pakistani atomic bomb. That network spread technical information and critical equipment worldwide and was a major supplier to Libya, North Korea (DPRK), and Iran. The article explains how the intelligence services of Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States knew about Khan long before he was arrested, but never knew the extent of his network. In fact, the United States convinced the Dutch not to arrest him on two different occasions because the government wanted to follow him. The article stresses the friction that has occurred between the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the investigation of Khan. The United States has been hesitant to share intelligence, fearful that the IAEA would allow it to leak. Included in the article is a diagram of Khan’s known network. The article provides a useful summary of the investigation of Khan through the end of 2004.


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