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Cable sobre el posible contrabando de material nuclear en la República Democrática de Congo

En 2007 la Embajada de Bujumbura (Burundi) informa del posible contrabando de material nuclear en la República Democrática de Congo

ID: 113648
Date: 2007-06-27 16:23:00
Origin: 07BUJUMBURA479
Source: Embassy Bujumbura
Classification: SECRET
Dunno: 04STATE230588 06STATE163201
Destination: VZCZCXYZ0017
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHJB #0479/01 1781623
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 271623Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0401
INFO RUEHKI/AMEMBASSY KINSHASA 0006

S E C R E T BUJUMBURA 000479

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR: DS/IP/AF, DS/IP/ITA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/27/2017
TAGS: KCRM, KNNP, MNUC, PARM, PREL, PTER, ASEC, BY
SUBJECT: ALLEGED NUCLEAR SMUGGLING INCIDENT IN BUJUMBURA,
BURUNDI

REF: A. 06 STATE 163201
B. 04 STATE 230588

Classified By: XXXXXXXXXXXX reason 1.4 (g,h)

1. (C/NF) Post wishes to alert the Department and Washington
agencies per reftels that it has received a report indicating
a potential incident of illicit trafficking in nuclear and/or
radiological materials. This report came to posts attention
via phone contact to the ARSO, XXXXXXXXXXXX on the
morning of XXXXXXXXXXXX. XXXXXXXXXXXX informed XXXXXXXXXXXX that two
Congolese men introduced XXXXXXXXXXXX by XXXXXXXXXXXX indicated that they had found a large
quantity of chemical items hidden in a stationary concrete
bunker on the same property a Belgian family resided on
during the Belgian colonial period 107 miles west of Bukavu,
Congo. Among the items contained in the stationary bunker
were Uranium, Ozone, and Red Mercury. On the afternoon of XXXXXXXXXXXX received a call from XXXXXXXXXXXX
regarding the same items. The following day, XXXXXXXXXXXX met with XXXXXXXXXXXX at
the embassy. Following this interview PMAT was notified and
briefed.

2. (C/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX They control the
items. The ARSO obtained copies of their identification
cards.

3. (C/NF) The XXXXXXXXXXXX men indicated that there were 14 items
found in the concrete bunker. All items have marking and
labels indicating that they were produced in Belgium. The
subjects were unable to spell the names of some of the items
properly and did not know what the other items were, thus
some of the spelling of the items are phonetic.

-Uranium, 30kg, powder form. The men did not know if the
uranium was weapon-usable fissile material, highly enriched
uranium, what the percentage of uranium-235 isotope or other
isotopes were, or how its content was determined.
-1 booklet describing the Uranium
-Brommerck, 2,500g
-Red Brommerk, 12kg
-Red mercury, 6kg
-Cocaine, liquid form

4. (C/NF) When asked what they intended to do with the items
the subjects stated that they brought a vial of the
Brommerck, to Bujumbura from the Congo. They planned on
selling it to get enough money to transport the Uranium to
Bujumbura upon securing a buyer. They also stated that they
had not approached anyone else with this information. Their
motive for approaching the American Embassy was that they did
not want these items to fall into the wrong hands,
specifically mentioning that they did not want Muslims to
possess the items. When asked why they did not notify the
Congolese authorities the subjects stated that they were
afraid that the corrupt Congolese police would steal the
items and sell it themselves. When asked why they approached
the American Embassy in Bujumbura instead of the embassy or
Consulate in the Congo they stated that the embassy in
Bujumbura is much closer.

5. (C/NF) The ARSO asked the men to provide detailed photos
of the items and their labels, especially the Uranium. The
subjects agreed to provide photographs and additional
information on all items at a later date. They indicated
that they could produce a sample of the brommerck, upon
request. The ARSO declined, but noticed that the subjects
were pushing for a sale of the sample of brommerck,. The
ARSO has the contact information XXXXXXXXXXXX and
is currently waiting to receive further photographic
information from the subjects.

6. (C/NF) ARSO assessment: This case fits the profile of
typical scams involving nuclear smuggling originating from
the eastern DRC. ARSO considers this case to be a
non-credible case of nuclear smuggling.

7. XXXXXXXXXXXX
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