Tuesday, July 20, 2010
SpyTalk - South Africa's 'dirty bomb' mystery
f dirty bombs are such an overblown threat, and radioactive material so easily available, why are people still trying to steal it?
South African police are investigating what the five mokes busted with a Cesium-137 device at a Pretoria gas station last week were up to.
All of them are South African citizens, but not much else is known about them, police said.
Indeed, much about the July 9 incident is a mystery.
Authorities said the "industrial nuclear device" found with the men contained a small amount of radioactive material. The men intended to sell the device to parties unknown for 45 million Rand, the equivalent of $6 million to $7 million. Police said the men were also planning to sell a larger nuclear device, which police are searching for, according to South African reports. More...
This is really scary stuff.
John H. Armwood