The father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program and alleged purveyor

of nuclear technology to rogue states, Dr. A.Q. Khan, lectures students in

happier days. Now, according to recent reports, Khan has provided proof

that Pakistan officials knew of his dealings with Iran and North Korea.


The Frontier Post, Pakistan

Letter from North Korean to A.Q. Khan Resembles CIA Iraq War Forgery


"How odd that a British journalist sat on this bombshell of a letter for so long, choosing this moment to release it to select American newspapers. ... Could this be connected to the methodical Western campaign to depict the Pakistan military as undependable and a poor protector of the nationís nuclear assets?"




July 9, 2011


Pakistan - The Frontier Post - Home Page (English)

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan appears on the cover of Time Magazine, February 2005. After years of protecting Khan, also known as the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, Islamabad may be preparing to prosecute him for providing nuclear technology to rogue states. A British researcher claims that Khan gave him a letter that proves his nuclear dealings with Iran and North Korea were known to and approved by Pakistan government officials.

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It does strike us as intriguing: Found among a bundle of secret documents is a letter allegedly passed on to a British journalist some time ago from Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, and written by a North Korean official discussing the transfer of money to senior Pakistan military officers for access to nuclear technology.


[According to the Washington Post, in order to defend himself from Pakistan government charges that he ran a nuclear smuggling operation without official consent, Dr. A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear program, gave Simon Henderson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy documents that appear to show North Koreaís government paid more than $3.5 million to two Pakistani military officials as part of the deal. The letter, along with a statement by Khan describing the deal, suggests that at least some top-level Pakistani military officials knew early on about Khanís extensive sale of nuclear weapons technology to other countries, including North Korea, Iran and Libya.]


How odd that the journalist sat on this bombshell of a letter for so long, choosing this moment to release it to select American newspapers. Could this be due to recent failures by the Pakistan military? Could this be connected to the rough patch it is experiencing domestically, being as it is in the vortex of a powerful and methodical Western campaign to depict the Pakistan military as undependable and a poor protector of the nationís nuclear assets? The letter's release smacks of being part of a great game. It is no secret that the Western powers haven't taken kindly to Pakistan's acquisition of nuclear prowess. On this count, the Americans have dogged Pakistan, notwithstanding their patently specious and pious-sounding vows to the contrary.


Both military officers cited in the letter have debunked it as a fake, rejecting out of hand its accusations against them. Indeed, oneís heart goes to our committed scientists, engineers and technicians as well as successive leaderships who have worked together throughout - in the teeth of the enormous opposition of Western powers and lobbies - to obtain for the nation its life-sustaining nuclear deterrence. This was no individual feat - it was the sterling accomplishment of exemplary teamwork. We salute that community of nuclear hands who sweated day and night to give this invaluable defense capability to the nation and would in no event compromise on it.


If for any reason, someone has faltered and become a thorn in the flesh of the nation, he would certainly receive the abhorrence of the people, one and all. No one, regardless of rank or status, should harbor any illusions on this score. Of course, only a penetrating inquiry can establish the authenticity of the letter and the information it contains. But from the way it has been reported in the U.S. press, serious questions about its authenticity are unavoidable.


What other explanation could there be, when U.S. reports note that the letter, written in nearly perfect English, is too well-written to believe a North Korean wrote it? What other conclusion can one draw when these reports not only raise doubts about the letter's authenticity, but then assert that it is genuine? That a letter may not be real but is in fact authentic, cannot both be a description of reality. At best, this may be nothing but ambiguity and vagueness; and at worst, it is sheer skullduggery and mischievousness.


Indeed, the caveats and hedging connected with reports about the letter are quite reminiscent of a letter that U.S. officials and spooks fabricated in the name of Saddam Husseinís intelligence chief, Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti.


In that fake letter, drafted in the White House, Habbush informed Saddam that the ringleader of the September 11 terrorist strike, Mohammad Atta, had actually trained for the mission in Iraq, thus exposing a link between Saddam and al-Qaeda that had no basis in fact.



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Apprehending that Habbush, who with CIA collusion was then hiding in Jordan, might not sign such a letter, the CIA took it to Ayad Allawi, then a member if Iraq's Interim Governing Council. As was arranged in advance, Allawi gave it to a reporter for a leading British daily, which was published with similar caveats and hedging. Furthermore, the CIA doled out $5 million in U.S. taxpayer money to Habbush to purchase his eternal silence, and securing him safe refuge in Jordan as well. Pulitzer prize-winning author Ron Suskind unraveled this forgery in his meticulously-researched work, The Way of the World.


In any case, the faked letter eventually became redundant, as the U.S.-led war party's Pyrrhic victory plunged Iraq into a dreadful orgy of bloodshed. Furthermore, the report was overshadowed by a bigger story: Saddamís arrest on the day it was published.


Now it remains to be seen what becomes of this latest artwork, the letter allegedly written by the North Korean official.

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