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Arrest Ties Pakistan to Nuke Black Market

This month’s arrest of a South Africa-based businessman accused of smuggling nuclear bomb triggers to Pakistan offers a rare window into the worldwide black market for nuclear weapons parts. Authorities accuse Asher Karni, 50, of being the middleman for a complex series of transactions involving dozens of the triggers. Agents arrested Karni Jan. 2 at Denver International Airport. Court documents say Karni used a series of front companies and misleading shipping documents to buy the devices from a Massachusetts company, have them sent through New Jersey to South Africa, then on to the United Arab Emirates and eventually to Pakistan. What Karni didn’t know, a federal officer said in an affadavit, was that authorities had intervened and had the manufacturer sabotage the devices so they couldn’t be used. Full Story

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