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More than a high-stakes espionage thriller, Fallout painstakingly examines the huge costs of the CIAa€™s errors and the lost opportunities to halt the spread of nuclear weapons technology long before it was made available to some of the most dangerous and reckless adversaries of the United States and its allies. For more than a quarter of a century, while the Central Intelligence Agency turned a dismissive eye, a globe-straddling network run by Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan sold the equipment and expertise to make nuclear weapons to a roguesa€™ gallery of nations. Among its known customers were Iran, Libya, and North Korea. When the United States finally took action to stop the network in late 2003, President George W. Bush declared the end of the global enterprise to be a major intelligence victory that had made the world safer. But, as investigative journalists Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz document masterfully, the claim that Khana€™s operation had been dismantled was a classic case of too little, too late. Khana€™s ring had, by then, sold Iran the technology to bring Tehran to the brink of building a nuclear weapon. It had also set loose on the world the most dangerous nuclear secrets imaginablea€”sophisticated weapons designs, blueprints for uranium enrichment plants, plans for warheadsa€”all for sale to the highest bidder. Relying on explosive new information gathered in exclusive interviews with key participants and previously undisclosed, highly confidential documents, the authors expose the truth behind the elaborate efforts by the CIA to conceal the full extent of the damage done by Khana€™s network and to cover up how the profound failure to stop the atomic bazaar much earlier jeopardizes our national security today.Zia knew that Washington was in no position to make good on its threat. ... workshop up and running in Dubai, but he stressed to Mohammad and his colleagues that ev- erything was on track. ... he was younger, Marco was the more ac- complished of the pair, and he was running his own small export-import business.

Author:Catherine Collins, Douglas Frantz
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2011-01-04


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