1. Six people — five men and a woman — approached a whitewashed house in the postcard-pretty village of Jenins in eastern Switzerland. Glancing cautiously up and down the narrow, darkened street, two members of the team walked to the door while the others hung back. They knew that no one was home. The owner was a few miles away, just across the border in Liechtenstein. One of the men pulled out a leather pouch and extracted a slender piece of metal. He slipped the metal into the lock and gently wiggled it deeper into the mechanism.

    — When Real Life Imitates Dan Brown: Douglas Frantz, describing a CIA break-in to a home filled with nuclear moles, in Fallout:The True Story of the CIA’s Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking. He’s on the show today, explaining why he thinks that the United States should have acted to breakup an international nuke network much sooner — and when they did, it was too little, too late.

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  1. On today’s show: Journalist Douglas Frantz says the CIA was so obsessed with getting information from nuclear trafficker A.Q. Khan’s network that it waited too long to shut it down — and stood by while Khan and his associates spread dangerous nuclear technology around the globe.
Photo: Color photograph showing damage in Hiroshima in March of 1946. (U.S. National Archives) View in High-Res

    On today’s show: Journalist Douglas Frantz says the CIA was so obsessed with getting information from nuclear trafficker A.Q. Khan’s network that it waited too long to shut it down — and stood by while Khan and his associates spread dangerous nuclear technology around the globe.

    Photo: Color photograph showing damage in Hiroshima in March of 1946. (U.S. National Archives)

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  1. A 2005 Atlantic profile of AQ Khan, the subject of tomorrow’s Fresh Air.

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  1. "2053" - This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe from 1945-1998.

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  1. Posted on 3 January, 2011

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    youneedone2:

Terrible beauty

Tomorrow: How the CIA penetrated the nuclear trafficking network of A.Q. Khan, and waited too long to shut it down. Journalist Douglas Frantz says the CIA was so obsessed with getting information that it stood by while Khan and his confederates spread dangerous nuclear technology around the globe.

    youneedone2:

    Terrible beauty

    Tomorrow: How the CIA penetrated the nuclear trafficking network of A.Q. Khan, and waited too long to shut it down. Journalist Douglas Frantz says the CIA was so obsessed with getting information that it stood by while Khan and his confederates spread dangerous nuclear technology around the globe.

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