Despite efforts by the CIA to keep
it quiet, it was recently revealed how the CIA did major damage to nuclear
weapons developments programs in Libya and Iran. This was done by getting to
one of the engineers working for the Pakistani Khan network (named after scientist,
Abdul Qadeer Khan, who led development efforts for Pakistani nuclear weapons.) The CIA basically
hired Swiss engineer Friedrich Tinner and his two sons, to feed the Khan
network, and its customers, defective (in subtle ways) nuclear weapons
components. From 2001-4, the Tinners worked under CIA direction. This caused
Libya to drop its nuclear weapons program, and delayed work in Iran.
the Tinners have been prosecuted in Switzerland for their work with the Khan
network. The elder Tinner began working for Khan in the 1970s, helping to steal
European nuclear technology for the Pakistani weapons program. This
relationship expanded in the 1990s, when Abdul Qadeer Khan began making money
on the side by selling nuclear weapons technology to anyone who could afford it
and was discrete (like Libya, Iran, North Korea and Iraq). The CIA effort to
discover the Khan network, and take it down, led them to Tinner, whose
willingness to collaborate helped bring down the Khan network.
The CIA paid
the Tinners $10 million for their work, and are trying to keep them out of
jail. But now details of the Tinner operation have been leaked to the media.
The CIA will now try to keep secret the methods and contacts it used to uncover
and destroy the Khan network, as well as how it sabotaged components. All this
information can be used again, if it doesn't get published in the mass media