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  • In this 1998 photo, Leo Mascheroni and his wife Marjorie pose in their Los Alamos, N.M. home. A scientist and his wife who both once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory were arrested Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 after an FBI sting operation and charged with conspiring to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)

    Couple indicted in nuclear weapons case

    A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury 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, the Justice Department said on Friday.

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  • The indictment said Mr. Mascheroni later used this account to communicate with the agent and to arrange for deliveries of materials at a “dead drop” location, which was a post office box.

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  • It said that among other things, Mr. Mascheroni allegedly said he could help Venezuela develop a nuclear bomb within 10 years and that, under his program, Venezuela would use a secret, underground nuclear reactor to produce and enrich plutonium, and an open, above-ground reactor to produce nuclear energy.

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