Dutch ex PM says Pakistan nuclear spy helped by CIA

This video says about itself:

This 2007 BBC documentary episode 5 “The Terror Trader” of the series “The Nuclear Secrets” exposes Pakistani A Q Khan’s nuclear proliferation activities. Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan started working for URENCO in The Netherlands in 1972. Working for the Pakistani government, Khan gained access to technology due to lax security methods. Returning to Pakistan with his family in 1975, Dutch enquiries in the 1980s finally reveal Khan’s actions but he gets off on a technicality. The U.S. overlooks Khan’s program in order to gain Pakistani support against the USSR in Afghanistan.

From the Google cache.

Dutch ex PM: Pakistan nuclear spy helped by CIA

Date: 8/9/05 at 9:08PM

Mood: Looking Playing: War, by Edwin Starr

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

US American intelligence service CIA in 1975 and in 1986 has stopped Dutch authorities from arresting Pakistani nuclear spy Khan.

Dutch ex prime minister Lubbers said this in VPRO radio program Argos.

US daily New York Times already wrote on this affair last year, based on anonymous sources. Now, Lubbers confirms this.

In the 1970s, Abdul Khan stole nuclear secrets from Dutch Ultra Centrifuge, part of Urenco in Almelo.

With this, in the 1990s he built the Pakistani nuclear bomb. He also sold his knowledge to Iran, North Korea, and Libya.


In 1975 there already was suspicion what Khan was doing, and Dutch authorities thought about arresting him.

According to Lubbers, however, the CIA wanted Khan to continue with his activities “in order to get more information” [the CIA and Pakistani military dictators being close pals; as Lubbers said during the interview; not included on NOS TV web article].

In the 1980s, Khan had to appear in court at last, but was freed due to legal errors.

Lubbers, then prime minister, wanted the court case to continue.

However, he did not carry on, on the “advice” of security services [CIA pals].

Dutch Attorney General Donner still last year denied that there had been meddling by secret services in the Khan affair.

VPRO radio investigated the affair jointly with Japanese television.

They are making a documentary on the affair, as now it is sixty years ago that Japan was hit by two US nuclear bombs, on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

See also here.

And here.

Khan and Saddam Hussein: here.

Hiroshima 1945 and US and Japanese media manipulation: here.

Remember Hiroshima, US nuclear weapons out of Volkel, The Netherlands: here.

21 thoughts on “Dutch ex PM says Pakistan nuclear spy helped by CIA

  1. Feb 15 2005


    Hiroshima (ANTARA News/KYODO) – The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on Tuesday opened an exhibition of a fishing vessel that with its crew of 23 was showered with radioactive ash from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in 1954.

    The exhibition of the Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon) No. 5 opened at the museum in Hiroshima`s Naka Ward two weeks ahead of the 51st anniversary of the test and the fatal radiation fallout. The museum is dedicated to the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

    The exhibition, which will run through June 30, highlights the relationship between the accident and movements across Japan against nuclear bomb testing.

    Aikichi Kuboyama, chief radio operator of the Fukuryu Maru, died of radiation sickness six months after the blast at the age of 40.


  2. German Convicted of Helping Libyan, Pakistani Nuclear Plans

    Business Day (Johannesburg)

    5 September 2007
    Posted to the web 5 September 2007

    Ernest Mabuza

    GERMAN national Gerhard Wisser, one of two men arrested for allegedly breaching SA’s nuclear laws, was yesterday convicted of seven counts connected to the activities of the Abdul Khan network and its procurement efforts for Libya and Pakistan.

    Khan, a Pakistan national, in 2004 confessed to having been involved in a clandestine international network of nuclear weapons technology proliferation in Libya, Iran and North Korea.

    Wisser pleaded guilty to a number of charges linked to the Libyan and Pakistani nuclear weapons programme and was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years. He will be under correctional supervision for three years.

    According to the plea-bargain agreement, Wisser was required to co-ordinate with the authorities and had also consented to a confiscatory order of his overseas assets worth R2,8m and R6m in cash.

    Wisser pleaded guilty to the manufacture of systems for a Libyan gas centrifuge plant between 1999 and 2003, the import and export of a flow-forming machine, and the manufacture and export of three autoclaves. He also admitted to forging documents to make the exports appear lawful.

    Aggravating factors included the serious threat to world peace and the potential of horrific loss of life and other destruction. Wisser’s activities had also caused great harm to SA’s good international standing as a leading nuclear nonproliferation country.

    The trial of Wisser’s co-accused, Daniel Geiges, was postponed until later this month. Counsel for Geiges said he would not be able to stand trial for a number of months as he was sick.


  3. Slebos case reveals failure of Dutch and EU nuclear non-proliferation

    /Amsterdam, 12 September 2007. For immediate release. /

    / /

    The case of nuclear trader Henk Slebos, which comes to the Amsterdam Appeals court on 18 September, highlights the failure of Dutch and EU nuclear proliferation policies, according to a new report released today.

    /Project Butter Factory: Henk Slebos and the A.Q. Khan nuclear network/ is a comprehensive account of how the drive for profit, competing political interests and weak regulations in the Netherlands allowed the export of dual-use nuclear components to continue over a 30 year period. The report compiles publicly available data, including materials obtained under the Dutch Freedom of Information Act, to reveal:

    * The full story of Henk Slebos’s role in the A.Q Khan nuclear network. Khan is widely acknowledged to be the ‘father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb’, with this same network implicated in nuclear proliferation to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Slebos has been Khan’s close friend and business partner for three decades.

    * The repeated failure of Dutch security services in stopping Slebos’s trading in nuclear components, and the inability of Dutch authorities to prosecute these activities. The only successful prosecution thus far has resulted in a minor fine. Often action was undertaken only after foreign security services or investigative journalists revealed sensitive information.

    * The trade in nuclear technology and components originating from Dutch and multinational companies, including Philips and Urenco.

    With the current ease in exporting nuclear components across European borders, the report recommends that firm action be taken at EU level to reform export controls.

    *“The Slebos case shows the EU and Dutch authorities´ lack of urgency in tackling the trade in dual-use components that can be used to produce weapons of mass destruction”* says Frank Slijper, author of the report. *“The existing nuclear powers should stop turning a blind eye to proliferation and start serious disarmament.”*

    /Project Butter Factory: Henk Slebos and the A.Q. Khan nuclear network/ is published by the Transnational Institute and the Campagne tegen Wapenhandel (Campaign Against Arms Trade). The full report can be downloaded at: http://www.tni.org and http://www.stoparmstrade.org

    More information

    Frank Slijper, Campagne tegen Wapenhandel, M: + 31 (0)6 28504778 or frank@stopwapenhandel.org


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