See these related stories in the Times
For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets
FBI denies file exposing nuclear secrets theft
I'm thinking that this makes for one whopper of a spy novel and gigantic conspiracy theory, the likes of which we haven't seen since the Cold War. Not only that, if this story broke in the US, I think it could bring down the government, its agencies, the administration, the judiciary and the House (that is of course, if the same government in question wasn't doing the investigating.)
Now check out this story from the Guardian yesterday: A Criminal Idea
27/01/08 "The Guardian" -- -- Five former Nato generals, including the former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, John Shalikashvili, have written a "radical manifesto" which states that "the West must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the 'imminent' spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction."It's a world gone mad. Completely mad.
In other words, the generals argue that "the west" - meaning the nuclear powers including the United States, France and Britain - should prepare to use nuclear weapons, not to deter a nuclear attack, not to retaliate following such an attack, and not even to pre-empt an imminent nuclear attack. Rather, they should use them to prevent the acquisition of nuclear weapons by a non-nuclear state. And not only that, they should use them to prevent the acquisition of biological or chemical weapons by such a state.