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Underreported: AQ Khan on the Loose

Thursday, February 12, 2009

AQ Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear program, has admitted to selling nuclear secrets to Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Late last week a Pakistani ordered Khan's release after five years of house arrest. David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C., joins us to discuss the impact of Khan's release as US Special Representative Richard Holbrooke prepared to tour the region.

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Hugh from Crown Heights

The United States has effectively aided the flight of A. Q. Khan by abetting nuclear and weapons proliferation through Israel.

More important, any transnational prosecution is hobbled by the American precedent that no national shall ever be held to account by the government of fellow nationals.

The list of American war criminals dwarfs that of most other nations, including Pakistan.

Feb. 12 2009 01:56 PM
Charles from Jersey

Thank you for reporting on this very important topic. I was amazed that this didn't make it into the top of the headlines the day he was released.

What reason does Pakistan give for his release? Isn't it likely he'll give the CIA the slip again and start all over again with privatizing nukes? This isn't just an al-Quaeda soldier in Guantanamo, yet we have a lot of trouble figuring out what to do with them. Kahn is a much bigger deal.

At least his incarceration wasn't as embittering as for the former Guantanamo residents -- whose experience radicalized them further. They're regrouping back in Yemen, as reported two weeks ago. Their story got more press than Khan's. Which is worse?

Feb. 12 2009 10:02 AM

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