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    Germany's Siemens denies sabotage claim

    German engineering company Siemens has denied allegations that it planted explosive devices inside nuclear equipment destined for Iran.


    Siemens said it has "no business ties to the Iranian nuclear programme".

    An Iranian MP said the devices had been discovered before they could explode.

    Iran is under UN sanctions and the MP did not say where the equipment had come from. Tehran is engaged in a standoff with Western countries which suspect it is building a nuclear bomb.

    The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has rebuked Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Iran is only six or seven months from having "90%" of what it needs to make a nuclear bomb.
    BBC - Full Article

  • #2
    Actually I'm a bit surprised this has not happened already. Once the shipping container leaves the factory, it could be weeks before it gets to its destination. Plenty of time for some creative mischief.
    Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GCoyote View Post
      Actually I'm a bit surprised this has not happened already. Once the shipping container leaves the factory, it could be weeks before it gets to its destination. Plenty of time for some creative mischief.
      And plenty of time for some plausible deniability too.

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      • #4
        Some intriguing possibilities put forth by the article:
        The Munich-based German firm denied the charge. It said its nuclear division has had no business links with Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

        "Siemens rejects the allegations and stresses that we have no business ties to the Iranian nuclear program," spokesman Alexander Machowetz said.
        And yet the Iranians continue to purchase Siemens equipment, purportedly without their acquiescence and/or knowledge. I've got a hunch that these parts aren't items aren't manufactured in large quantities and/or sold at your local Home Depot.

        And:
        Has the Iranian MP simply got it wrong?

        Is Iran buying Siemens equipment through a third party?

        Is there something more underhand going on, with sabotaged equipment being sold with the secret approval of Western intelligence agencies?
        If Siemens is being forthright, and that's a big if, then items 2 & 3, combined, loom large. Of course, politco's aren't known as being the brightest bulbs in the light fixture either.

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        • #5
          IMO, no commercial firm is going to put its people in harms way by doing something like that. I think they'd pass off all the relevant information to the authorities and then the authorities can do as they wish.

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          • #6
            Simple, Iranians bought their hardware from some shady third-party source, how can they know what connections their supplier has, maybe their supplier has some connections for example to certain intelligence services, who have ability and will to do little trickery.

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