Scientist, Wife Charged With Offering to Sell Nuclear Secrets To Venezuela
September 17, 2010
US (ChattahBox U.S. News) – A scientist and his wife, both formerly employees at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, have been arrested for plotting to sell nuclear secrets to Venezuela.
Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni originally came to the attention of federal investigators in October of last year, when their home was searched and various items such as letters and computers were seized. They were not officially arrested and charged until this week.
According to the Telegraph, Mascheroni came in contact with agents pretending to be from the Venezuelan government. Using an email address specifically for the purpose and asking to be called ‘Luke’, he told the agents that he could get them nuclear capabilities within 10 years.
His proposal was a system of duel planets, one under ground to manufacture plutonium and one above ground to create nuclear energy. He allegedly said he was prepared to lead the project, and his wife is believed to have been prepared to aid it as well.
If the two are found guilty they can face life sentences for the 22 charges.