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FlaGator
09-17-2010, 03:52 PM
From scientist to critic to potential convict... not exactly moving up in the world.



WASHINGTON -- A scientist and his wife who both once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory before becoming outspoken critics were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation and charged with trying to sell nuclear secrets to Venezuela.

The scientist, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, is being detained until a hearing Monday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His wife, Roxby Mascheroni, was released on a variety of conditions, including a monitor attached to her.

The investigation first drew attention last October when federal agents reportedly seized six computers, two cameras, two cellphones and hundreds of files from the scientist, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni.

Mascheroni declared his innocence to The New York Times last year, saying, "If I were a real spy, I would have left the country a long time ago."

After their arrest Friday morning, the two appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico and were accused of dealing with an FBI undercover agent posing as a Venezuelan agent. The government did not allege that Venezuela or anyone working for it sought U.S. secrets.

The pair were indicted for allegedly communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official.

Accused in a 22-count indictment are Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen. Both were formerly contract employees at Los Alamos.

According to the indictment, Mascheroni told an undercover agent he could help Venezuela develop a nuclear bomb within 10 years and that under his program, Venezuela would use a secret, underground nuclear reactor to produce and enrich plutonium, and an open, aboveground reactor to produce nuclear energy.
In July 2008, the FBI agent provided Mascheroni with 12 questions purportedly from Venezuelan military and scientific personnel.

According to the criminal charges, Mascheroni delivered to a post office box in November 2008 a disk with a coded 132-page document on it that contained "restricted data" related to nuclear weapons. Written by Mascheroni and edited by his wife, the document was entitled "A Deterrence Program for Venezuela" and it laid out Mascheroni's nuclear weapons development program for Venezuela.


Whole story is here (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/17/ex-los-alamos-scientist-wife-charged-alleged-atomic-weapon-conspiracy/)

JB
09-17-2010, 06:26 PM
Scumbags. Hang 'em. Firing squad. Guillotine. Over the course of three days.

On a side note: A lot of scumbags seem to find employ at Los Alamos. Do you even need an ID to get in that place???

warpig
09-17-2010, 07:15 PM
That facility has more holes in it than a screen door.

noonwitch
09-20-2010, 09:13 AM
Scumbags. Hang 'em. Firing squad. Guillotine. Over the course of three days.

On a side note: A lot of scumbags seem to find employ at Los Alamos. Do you even need an ID to get in that place???



They need a better employment screening process. The State at least took my prints and did a record check before letting me work with kids. Now, they do pre-employment drug tests, also.

This problem at Los Alamos seems to be recurring regardless of the political affiliations of whomever is in office at the time. It really does call for a total overhaul of their screening procedures.

fettpett
09-20-2010, 12:25 PM
maybe they should turn Los Alamos into a disinformation center, use it as a testing ground for potentional empolyee's and to find and weed out tratiors

noonwitch
09-20-2010, 12:48 PM
maybe they should turn Los Alamos into a disinformation center, use it as a testing ground for potentional empolyee's and to find and weed out tratiors



I like that, but I'm sure somewhere there are lawyers who would sue on behalf of some idiot who was denied a job because he tried to commit treason with the false information he got there.

Odysseus
09-20-2010, 01:06 PM
Let's hope that Venezuela doesn't get any ideas from this. Wait, what am I saying? They don't need Los Alamos employees, they have Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and his Iranian nuclear program. They'll share with infidels, won't they?

fettpett
09-20-2010, 05:39 PM
I like that, but I'm sure somewhere there are lawyers who would sue on behalf of some idiot who was denied a job because he tried to commit treason with the false information he got there.

kinda hard to sue when you're being lined up in front of a firing squad for High Treason.