- Libby and Cheney links to global weapons smuggling cartel
resulted in exposure of Brewster Jennings and Associates non official cover
(NOC) network. CIA Leakgate also tied to AIPAC probe. CIA sources familiar
with the Brewster Jennings and Associates NOC operation that worked for
some ten years to counter the proliferation of nuclear weapons claim that
the operation's cover was partially blown because of its success at removing
Soviet era nuclear weaponry and materials such as high grade plutonium
from the international weapons smuggling market.
- Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby was once the lawyer for Marc Rich, the Swiss-based
American fugitive who was pardoned by President Clinton and is linked to
a number of Russian and Ukrainian organized crime figures who have exiled
themselves to Israel to avoid prosecution.
- Brewster Jennings and the CIA Directorate of Operations
Counter Proliferation Division (CPD) had established a program to purchase
a range of nuclear weapons components, including Inter-continental Ballistic
Missile (ICBM) parts, nuclear warhead nose cones, and high grade plutonium
and uranium bomb cores from Russian sources who were also selling to members
of Russian Mafia networks who were, in turn, selling to the A. Q. Khan
network in Pakistan and other WMD smuggling operations.
- Brewster Jennings and CIA's CPD involved in purchasing
Soviet nuke material from black market -- pitting them against the Russian
Mafia and Scooter Libby.
- The CIA's CPD agents were particularly worried about
the materials for sale at the 70 square mile Russian nuclear weapons complex
at Mayak, outside the town of Ozersk. In the late 1990s, black market high
grade plutonium was being sold in buckets from warehouses in Mayak. For
that reason, the CIA, using its Brewster Jennings NOC network as well as
other contractors, purchased the black market materials from the nuclear
"used car market," as a CIA source put it. The materials were
transported to the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado where
they were dismantled and disabled.
- This secret program became known to Mafia operatives
active in the United States as early as 1999. CIA sources report that a
well known neo-conservative figure at a Washington think tank received
classified information about the Brewster Jennings/CPD operation via an
espionage cell within the Department of Defense and passed it on to Israel,
which, in turn, passed it to Mafia figures. Some of this information was
contained in documents passed to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) and the Israelis by indicted former Defense Intelligence Agency
(DIA) and Pentagon Near East and South Asia Division analyst Larry Franklin.
The classified counter proliferation information was contained in classified
documents on "terrorist activities in Central Asia." The AIPAC/Franklin
espionage operation has been vigorously pursued by the US Attorney for
Eastern Virginia Paul McNulty who was named last Friday as the new Deputy
- When the Mafia oligarchs discovered the CIA purchase
program was driving up the prices of the Russian surplus nuclear materials
making them unprofitable for organized crime, they used their connections
inside the Bush White House and Pentagon to expose the operation to eliminate
the chief American interlocutors and give themselves a lucrative virtual
monopoly by removing their competition and driving up the resale price
of the nuclear material even further. A CIA source said the Mafia established
a nuclear "hedge fund" on the Russian nuclear materials. A CIA
source confirmed that Libby and his former client Rich are connected to
Russian Mafia figures involved in nuclear smuggling.
- After the Mafia discovered the identities of key Russian
and other players involved with the CIA WMD purchase program, some of them
were executed gangland style.