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History Repeating Itself: DOJ Charges Nuclear Scientists With Trying to Give Secrets to Venezuela

Posted on September 17 2010 2:46 pm
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“Hey what’s up with you Neo-Cons?! Didn’t you get the memo that the Cold War was over?”

No, we didn’t.

The Department of Justice:

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced that a scientist and his wife, who both previously worked as contractors at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, have been indicted on charges of communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official and conspiring to participate in the development of an atomic weapon for Venezuela, among other violations.

The 22-count indictment, which was returned yesterday by a federal grand jury in the District of New Mexico, was announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Kenneth J. Gonzales, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.

The defendants are Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni (Mascheroni), 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni (Roxby Mascheroni), 67, a U.S. citizen.  Both were arrested by FBI agents this morning and made their initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque today.   If convicted of all the charges in the indictment, the defendants face a potential sentence of life in prison.

Now might be a good time to revisit Ron Radosh and Joyce Milton’s The Rosenberg File.

Keep you eye on how The Nation responds to this story — if they even bother to.

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