Libya's Nuclear Blackmail

State Department cables obtained by The Atlantic detail a nuclear blackmail scheme executed by Libyan officials intent on wielding the power of their last cache of nuclear material.

The month-long crisis, never revealed by the Obama administration or reported in the press, is recorded in U.S. State Department documents obtained by The Atlantic. Those documents tell the story of frantic diplomatic maneuvering as U.S. and Russian officials pushed Libyan leaders to honor their disarmament pledge. A person with access to the cables provided them to The Atlantic in order to publicize the dangers of loose nuclear materials under the control of unpredictable regimes in unstable countries. Key details of the episode were confirmed by a U.S. official and an international nuclear monitor.

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