Can Terrorists Get the Bomb?
The story began over a meal in late October. A high British official told a reporter from the London “Times” that Osama bin Laden had the bomb, or at least that he had gotten bomb compo- nents, or nuclear materials, and that the source was Pakistan. At about the same time, Pakistan arrested three of its nuclear scientists for questioning about possible ties to the Taliban, bin Laden’s Afghan protectors. Then, in early November, bin Laden himself declared that he had nuclear weapons, which he would use as a “deterrent.” Could it be true?
About the Author
Gary Milhollin is the director, and Valerie Lincy is a research associate, at the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control in Washington D.C.