Jun 16, 2008

Khan Nuclear Smuggling Network Had Ties to Pentagon & "Israeli Elements"(Updated)

Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead

An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon, according to a draft report by a former top U.N. arms inspector that suggests the plans could have been shared secretly with any number of countries or rogue groups.

The drawings, discovered in 2006 on computers owned by Swiss businessmen, included essential details for building a compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic missile used by Iran and more than a dozen developing countries, the report states.
The computer contents -- among more than 1,000 gigabytes of data seized -- were recently destroyed by Swiss authorities under the supervision of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, which is investigating the now-defunct smuggling ring previously led by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
The A.Q. Khan smuggling ring...


This is what made the
front page of Drudge in red on Sunday and this below is what the Washington Post article does not tell you about the Khan nuclear smuggling network.

First, notice the above article stated the Swiss destroyed the "computer contents". Put more properly, and per this International Herald Tribune article, what the Swiss actually destroyed was the only EVIDENCE! Why? Who wanted to destroy such important evidence? The article makes it clear:

"...the files were secretly ordered destroyed by the government last year after pressure from the United States, which was concerned that its efforts to clamp down on nuclear smuggling might be compromised."
Just WHO in the U.S. government would pressure and want this electronic evidence destroyed (for "security reasons"--who's security?), that only leaves now bare allegation as to the contents, and the path of electronic file transfer, and the source of the original, which could identify the parties involved? The Washington Post did not bother to tell you this, from IHT did they? Keep reading.

Now note the information below is largely based upon the credible and proven testimony of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who had also met with the Senate Judiciary committee, until the investigation was stopped through pressure from somewhere in the Bush administration. The indictment and conviction of Larry Franklin caught spying for Israel (via Doug Feith's office in the Pentagon, to AIPAC), demonstrates the veracity of her reports:

A nuclear proliferation network operating in the US penetrates the Pentagon and related institutions, according to FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.

Edmonds will later leave the FBI and say she knows this based on telephone conversations she translated as a part of an FBI investigation. The network, which is run by Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan, but also includes Turkish and Israeli elements, is allegedly helped by a number of senior officials in the Pentagon. Edmonds will later say: “The [senior officials] provided lists of potential moles from Pentagon-related institutions who had access to databases concerning this information. The handlers, who were part of the diplomatic community, would then try to recruit those people to become moles for the network. The lists contained all their ‘hooking points,’ which could be financial or sexual pressure points, their exact job in the Pentagon and what stuff they had access to.” One of the Pentagon figures that is a target of the FBI investigation is Larry Franklin, an analyst who will be jailed in 2006 for passing US defence information to lobbyists and sharing classified information with an Israeli diplomat. According to Edmonds, Franklin is “one of the top people providing information and packages during 2000 and 2001.” [Sunday Times (London), 6 January 2008.')" onmouseout="return nd()">Sunday Times (London), 1/6/2008]

Former FBI Translator and Source, Sibel Edmonds--Talks of Treasonous Elements within US Government