By Douglas Frantz, Catherine Collins
More than a high-stakes espionage mystery, Fallout painstakingly examines the massive bills of the CIA’s blunders and the misplaced possibilities to halt the unfold of nuclear guns expertise lengthy earlier than it was once made on hand to a couple of the main risky and reckless adversaries of the us and its allies.
For greater than 1 / 4 of a century, whereas the crucial Intelligence supplier became a dismissive eye, a globe-straddling community run by way of Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan bought the apparatus and services to make nuclear guns to a rogues’ gallery of countries. between its identified consumers have been Iran, Libya, and North Korea. whilst the us eventually took motion to prevent the community in past due 2003, President George W. Bush declared the tip of the worldwide firm to be an immense intelligence victory that had made the area safer.
But, as investigative reporters Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz record masterfully, the declare that Khan’s operation have been dismantled was once a vintage case of too little, too overdue. Khan’s ring had, through then, offered Iran the expertise to carry Tehran to the threshold of establishing a nuclear weapon. It had additionally set free at the global the main risky nuclear secrets and techniques imaginable—sophisticated guns designs, blueprints for uranium enrichment vegetation, plans for warheads—all on the market to the top bidder.
Relying on explosive new info collected in specific interviews with key contributors and formerly undisclosed, hugely personal files, the authors divulge the reality at the back of the flowery efforts via the CIA to hide the total quantity of the wear performed via Khan’s community and to hide up how the profound failure to forestall the atomic bazaar a lot prior jeopardizes our nationwide safeguard this present day.
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