Tráfico de material nuclear

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ID:115697
Date:2007-07-17 14:48:00
Origin:07BUJUMBURA515
Source:Embassy Bujumbura
Classification:SECRET
Dunno:04STATE230588 06STATE163201 07BUJUMBURA479
Destination:VZCZCXYZ0013
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHJB #0515/01 1981448
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 171448Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0429
INFO RUEHKI/AMEMBASSY KINSHASA PRIORITY 0008

S E C R E T BUJUMBURA 000515

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/17/2017
TAGS: KCRM, KNNP, MNUC, PARM, PREL, PTER, ASEC, BY
SUBJECT: ADDENDUM TO ALLEGED NUCLEAR SMUGGLING IN BURUNDI

REF: A. A. BUJUMBURA 479
B. B. 06 STATE 163201
C. C. 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 additional
information regarding the incident of nuclear smuggling
reported in Bujumbura cable 479 dated 06/27/2007. XXXXXXXXXXXX and I have met on XXXXXXXXXXXX additional occasions since
that initial meeting. XXXXXXXXXXXX During each meeting XXXXXXXXXXXX
furnished additional information regarding the alleged
uranium. XXXXXXXXXXXX produced a flash drive
with digital images of the Brom Merck and copies of a booklet
located with the cache describing the results of a laboratory
analysis conducted on the uranium, a description of the
uranium, a short history of uranium, and health warning
pages. XXXXXXXXXXXX furnished four poor quality color
photos printed on paper. XXXXXXXXXXXX he furnished the four
photos provided earlier on paper, but this time in digital
format plus an additional 12 digital images. Six of the
photos are of the alleged uranium container in a wicker
basket. Five of the photos are of the front side of the tag
attached to the container. Two of the tag photos display the
orange back of the tag attached to the container.

2. XXXXXXXXXXXX #1 Booklet
#2 Brom Merck
#3 Unknown
#4 Unknown
#5 Unknown
#6 Wicker basket without the uranium container
#7 Uranium container and wicker basket
#8 Wicker basket
#9 Wicker basket
#10 Uranium container and wicker basket
#11 Uranium container and wicker basket
#12 Back of tag
#13 Back of tag
#14 Front of tag
#15 Front of tag
#16 Front of tag
#17 Front of tag
#18 Front of tag

3. (C/NF) Due to the poor quality of the color photos it
might be difficult for you to read the front of the tag. It
is transcribed below.

A POIDS BRUIT 19 kgs
E POIDS NET 03 kgs
G TENNEUR 70%
C N 16 012
URANIUM

4. (C/NF) If you cross reference some of the numbers with
the booklet (#1) the letters CGAE running vertically from
bottom to on the left side of the tag probably mean
'Commissariat General A L'Energie Atomic' from page 2 of the
booklet. The same gross and net weight can be found on page
9 of the booklet. Tenneur or potency (spelled incorrectly)
is listed as 98.7% on the booklet but 70% on the tag. N 16
012 is probably the 'result d'analyse number' that can also
be found on page 9. The number on the tag is not the same
number on the booklet.
5. (C/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX was accompanied
by XXXXXXXXXXXX stated
that the bunker where the alleged uranium and other materials
were found was located 107 miles west of Bukavu. The
materials have since been moved. One container weighing 3kg
is currently located in Bukavu and another 3 kg container is
located in Goma, both of which are under XXXXXXXXXXXX,s control.
XXXXXXXXXXXX further stated that he knows of someone who has 3
containers who would be willing to sell them in addition to a
72 kg package of multiple containers at another location.
6. (C/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX indicated that he has not approached
anyone else or informed another country regarding the alleged
uranium. XXXXXXXXXXXX stated that he is a pastor in good
standing in the community and not interested in monetary
reward. He is only interested in keeping the materials out
of the hands of the wrong people, specifically the Arabs who
will 'destroy' people with it. XXXXXXXXXXXX. He has no
specific knowledge regarding Uranium, Bromerck, or any other
chemicals that were in the bunker. It took four months to
open the bunker. In the process of opening the bunker two
men were killed by a grenade booby trap. There were also
land mines planted around it.
7. (C/NF) Additionally, at some time in the past the
Catholic mission in Bukavu bought 12 g of red mercury from
the cache. There is no indication that any other materials,
specifically the Uranium, have been sold.
8. (C/NF) RSO assessment: After interviewing XXXXXXXXXXXX the C.O.S and myself feel that
XXXXXXXXXXXX is quite naive of all matters concerning the
uranium. The group of people he represents (as he likes to
describe his relationship with them) have all the details
regarding the alleged uranium. Any specific questions or
requests we have are communicated to them and they
communicate back via XXXXXXXXXXXX. Thus far XXXXXXXXXXXX and his
accomplices have provided all the information we have asked
for. Overall the entire group, including XXXXXXXXXXXX, feel that
they have something of value and are anxiously waiting for
some sort of indication from us that we are willing to pay
for it or travel to the Congo to view the materials. At this
point in time they are waiting for us take the initiative
with regard to a payment or visual inspection of the
materials. We have not made any offers of payment, discussed
an amount, or offered assurances that we plan to observe the
alleged uranium first hand.
9. (C/NF)XXXXXXXXXXXX
MOLLER
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