Current Affairs

Selling Secrets

The New York Times reports on the amazing story of AQ Khan, developer of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb and arms merchant to the world.

“It was an astounding transformation when you think about it, something we’ve never seen before,” said a senior American official who has reviewed the intelligence. “First, he exploits a fragmented market and develops a quite advanced nuclear arsenal. Then he throws the switch, reverses the flow and figures out how to sell the whole kit, right down to the bomb designs, to some of the world’s worst governments.”