Transfer of Nuclear Weapons from Nuclear States to Terrorist Groups

A declassified January 1976 Interagency Intelligence Memorandum (IIM) on the possibility of terrorist use of nuclear weapons contains the following very interesting footnote (not a dissent) on page 5:

“We have considered and rejected as almost wholly incredible the proposition that an existing nuclear power might donate or sell a nuclear weapon to a terrorist group.”

Interesting in light of more recent history.  Of course, when this was written North Korea didn’t have the bomb and Iran was not on the verge of acquiring it.  (Moreover, of course, the Shah was in power in Iran.)

Hotel Tango to Secrecy News for finding this document.  (Though they found a different part of it to highlight in their blog posting.)

Published in: on December 31, 2009 at 7:53 AM  Leave a Comment  

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