Inside The A-Bomb Bazaar

Evidence mounts that Pakistani scientists sold nuclear know-how to a triad of rogue nations

Dapper Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan was always a man with a mission--even if it was long shrouded in obscurity. Some 30 years ago, he allegedly stole blueprints for enriching uranium from the top-secret Dutch lab where he worked. For decades, his team in Pakistan labored behind heavily guarded walls to produce enough of the fuel to make A-bombs. In 1998 he watched proudly as Pakistan detonated its first nuclear devices beneath the scorched desert hills of Baluchistan, shocking an unsuspecting world. A public hero at last to exultant countrymen, he was hailed throughout the Muslim world as the "father of...

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