Caught in the Web?

With general elections around the corner, it's no surprise that Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is eager to keep attention focused on positive news, such as his government's new anticorruption drive. But Kuala Lumpur is having trouble avoiding persistent questions about Malaysian involvement in the dealings of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist pardoned two weeks ago in Pakistan for providing nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Libya and Iran.

Abdullah's government and Washington disagree sharply on the importance of the materials traced to Malaysia: 14 centrifuge components manufactured outside Kuala Lumpur by a subsidiary of publicly listed...

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