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Why the U.S. let Pakistan nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan off the hook

Decision could still come back to haunt Washington

| Pakistan
Abdul Qadeer Khan, pictured in Islamabad in February 2009: the nuclear scientist played a pivotal role in helping Pakistan develop nuclear weapons.   © Reuters

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author of nine books, including "Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan."

The incredible story of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Netherlands-trained Pakistani metallurgist who -- with impunity -- ran an illicit global nuclear-smuggling network for a quarter-century would make for a captivating thriller.

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