CRIME DOES NOT PAY

Pakistani to keep nuke riches

President Pervez Musharraf has pledged that the disgraced founder of Pakistan’s nuclear-weapons program can keep the vast wealth he accumulated selling atom bomb-making technology to rogue states around the world.
Gen. Musharraf, just days after provoking worldwide consternation by pardoning Abdul Qadeer Khan for supplying nuclear expertise to Libya, Iran and North Korea, said in an interview with the London Sunday Telegraph that the scientist’s property or assets also would be spared.
“He can keep his money,” Gen. Musharraf said, adding that there had been good reason not to investigate the origin of Mr. Khan’s suspicious wealth before 1998, when Pakistan successfully tested its first nuclear weapon.
“We wanted the bomb in the national interest, and so you have to ask yourself whether you act against the person who enabled you to get the bomb.”
Mr. Khan is believed to have earned millions of dollars from his sale of nuclear know-how, beginning in the late 1980s. Much of the money was funneled through bank accounts in the Middle East.

Lovely.

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Comments

  1. Paul says:

    Yeah well– It came down to Khan could give up the money or Musharraf would have to give up his life.

    It really was a no brainer for Musharraf.

  2. legion says:

    And the is ‘ally’ we have to have on our side to make a serious search for Osama? I shudder to imagine what sort of fellating he’s going to get to ensure Osama’s found before November…

  3. legion says:

    And the is ‘ally’ we have to have on our side to make a serious search for Osama? I shudder to imagine what sort of fellating he’s going to get to ensure Osama’s found before November…