Offer of Weapons-Grade Uranium an Unsettling Reminder of Nuclear Material on Black Market
By DESMOND BUTLER
ABC - The Associated Press
A Pocket Nuke: Sting Turns Up Bomb-Grade Uranium
WASHINGTON - It was one of the most serious cases of smuggling of nuclear material in recent years: A Russian man, authorities allege, tried to sell a small amount of nuclear-bomb grade uranium in a plastic bag in his jacket pocket.
The buy that took place last summer, it turned out, was a setup by Republic of Georgia authorities, with the help of the CIA. Their quiet sting operation neither U.S. nor Georgian officials have publicized it is an unsettling reminder about the possibility of terrorists acquiring nuclear bomb-making material on the black market.
No evidence suggests this particular case was terrorist-related.
"Given the serious consequences of the detonation of an improvised nuclear explosive device, even small numbers of incidents involving HEU (highly enriched uranium) or plutonium are of very high concern, ...full text