Caution Sometimes Has Its Price

U.N. investigators might have found it easier to piece together information on Iraq's nuclear capabilities if U.S. Customs agent Daniel Supnick had made a little trip to Baghdad two years ago. In 1989, posing undercover as a California electronics executive, Supnick met in London with Iraqi officials eager to buy 5,000-volt capacitors for use in triggering nuclear devices. When the Iraqis invited Supnick to tour their nuclear facilities back home, Supnick wanted to give it a try. But the State Department nixed the idea as too risky for the agent.

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