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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Bomb making plans on the Internet

The New York Times reports that the government posted some of Iraqs highly sensitive nuclear program on the internet which may have provided helpful information to countries such as Iran.
A senior American intelligence official who deals routinely with atomic issues said the documents showed “where the Iraqis failed and how to get around the failures.” The documents, he added, could perhaps help Iran or other nations making a serious effort to develop nuclear arms, but probably not terrorists or poorly equipped states. The official, who requested anonymity because of his agency’s rules against public comment, called the papers “a road map that helps you get from point A to point B, but only if you already have a car.”

This is basically a hit piece against Republicans. Iran already knows how to build a bomb. They got everything they need from AQ Kahn, who successfully built a bomb for the Pakistanis. In fact they still get info from AQ Kahn. Why would the Iranians want info from an Iraq program that never completed the bomb?

Funny about the Times... they were forced to admit that Iraq actually had a nuke program and that the program was serious.

Update: Jim Geraghty has a more in depth discussion.