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September 17, 2010

Breaking: Scientist And Wife Charged with Transmitting Classified Nuclear Weapons Secrets To Venezuela

Topics: International News, Political News and commentaries

Just breaking on Fox News cable is this story on this DOJ report:

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department today announced that a scientist and his wife, who both previously worked as contractors at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, have been indicted on charges of communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official and conspiring to participate in the development of an atomic weapon for Venezuela, among other violations.

The 22-count indictment, which was returned yesterday by a federal grand jury in the District of New Mexico, was announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Kenneth J. Gonzales, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Albuquerque Division.

The defendants are Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni (Mascheroni), 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni (Roxby Mascheroni), 67, a U.S. citizen. Both were arrested by FBI agents this morning and made their initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque today. If convicted of all the charges in the indictment, the defendants face a potential sentence of life in prison.

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Fox has it that the couple handed the nuclear secrets over to an F.B.I. sting operation. Although no secrets were ever actually passed to a representative of the Venezuelan government, it's been known as far back as at least 2008 that Hugo Chavez wants Venezuela to develop a nuclear program, and just yesterday the L.A. Times discussed Chavez deal with Russia to build a reactor in Venezuela which may signal a dangerous clandestine nuclear weapons effort.

Posted by Richard at September 17, 2010 2:27 PM

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