5,375. 9/24/2003

“In a one-on-one meeting in New York on September 24, 2003, CIA director [George] Tenet confronted [Pakistani President Pervez] Musharraf with evidence of planned proliferation to Libya (including the design for a bomb) via [nuclear scientist] A.Q. Khan. Tenet said Khan ‘is betraying your country and has stolen some of your nation’s most sensitive secrets.’ It was a way out for Musharraf and the army. Decades of Pakistani help to North Korea and Iran for their nuclear programs could all be blamed on one man. Seizing the opening, Musharraf had Khan put under house arrest and forced to confess on Pakistani television that he had operated beyond the authority of his job. Pakistan ceased providing help to Libya, which dismantled its nuclear program. But no one was given access to Khan. Neither the CIA nor the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was allowed to question Khan about his decades of business with North Korea and Iran (and Saudi Arabia).”

 – Bruce Riedel, Deadly Embrace, Pages 73-74

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