[funsec] Nukes go open source

Richard M. Smith rms at computerbytesman.com
Mon Jun 16 09:36:34 CDT 2008



Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead

By Joby Warrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 15, 2008; A01

An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/countries/iran.html?nav=el>  and
Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon,
according to a draft report by a former top U.N.
ne>  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.

But U.N. officials cannot rule out the possibility that the blueprints were
shared with others before their discovery, said the report's author, David
ne>  Albright, a prominent nuclear weapons expert who spent four years
researching the smuggling network.




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