Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons

Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons

Adrian Levy


The surprising, three-decade tale of A. Q. Khan and Pakistan's nuclear software, and the complicity of the us within the unfold of nuclear weaponry.

On December 15, 1975, A. Q. Khan―a younger Pakistani scientist operating in Holland―stole top-secret blueprints for a innovative new approach to arm a nuclear bomb. His unique purpose, and that of his executive, used to be basically patriotic―to offer Pakistan a counter to India's lately unveiled nuclear gadget. despite the fact that, as Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark chillingly relate of their masterful research of Khan's profession over the last thirty years, through the years that constrained ambition mushroomed into the world's biggest clandestine community engaged in promoting nuclear secrets―a mercenary and illicit software controlled through the Pakistani army and made attainable, largely, through relief funds from the us, Saudi Arabia, and Libya, and through indiscriminate the aid of China.

Most unnerving, the authors exhibit that the revenues of nuclear guns know-how to Iran, North Korea, and Libya, rather a lot within the information this day, have been made with the transparent wisdom of the yank govt, for whom Pakistan has been a vital buffer kingdom and ally―first opposed to the Soviet Union, now within the "war opposed to terror." each successive American presidency, from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, has became a blind eye to Pakistan's nuclear activity―rewriting and destroying proof supplied through its intelligence companies, mendacity to Congress and the yank humans approximately Pakistan's intentions and strength, and facilitating, via shortsightedness and purpose, the unfold of the very guns we vilify the "axis of evil" powers for having and worry terrorists will receive. Deception places our present standoffs with Iran and North Korea in a startling new point of view, and makes transparent issues: that Pakistan, faraway from being an best friend, is a rogue state on the epicenter of global destabilization; and that the complicity of the U.S. has ushered in a brand new nuclear winter.

Based on hundreds and hundreds of interviews within the usa, Pakistan, India, Israel, Europe, and Southeast Asia, Deception is a masterwork of reportage and dramatic storytelling via of the world's such a lot imaginitive investigative reporters. Urgently vital, it may stimulate debate and command a reexamination of our nationwide priorities.

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