Al-Qaeda Closer to Creating Dirty Bombs, WikiLeaks Cables Reveal
February 2, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)—Smuggled nuclear materials have given al-Qaeda members exactly what they need to creating not only a dirty bomb, but an explosive device that could contaminate an area for years, according to WikiLeaks cables obtained by the U.K. Telegraph. In addition to the threat of a bomb, extremists could also use biological agents such as smallpox and avian flu viruses placed in commercially-available spray cans to cripple cities across the world.
The cables reveal the fact that nuclear material was discovered being smuggled via freight train along the Kazakhstan-Russia border and also across Uganda via bus. Separately, employees of a Namibian mine smuggled nearly half a ton of uranium yellowcake powder in plastic bags, the Telegraph reports.
Safety and security concerns were raised about whether the uranium and plutonium laboratory of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were properly guarded, with the IAEA’s deputy director-general noting that the world could face a “nuclear 9/11” if the radioactive materials were not guarded properly, the Telegraph notes.