A one-hour report on the Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan and how he changed the balance of international nuclear weaponry.
This collaborative documentary traces how A.Q. Khan, a Pakistani metallurgist based in Europe, passed nuclear secrets to his homeland during the 1980s enabling Pakistan to enrich uranium cheaply and build its first bomb. Based on previously secret documents and interviews with several of the world’s most important nuclear experts, the broadcast traces Khan’s role in proliferating nuclear weapons by setting up a global supply chain of parts for Iran, North Korea and Libya, and perhaps for terrorist networks as well. The report demonstrates how Khan literally outsourced atomic weaponry for any customer willing to pay, while other nations backed off Pakistan for diplomatic reasons.
Julian Sher, writer, producer and director; David Sanger and William Broad, reporters; Jason Maloney, editorial producer; Nazim Baksh, producer; Irshad Rao, Pakistan correspondent; Kelly Morris, editor; Michael Sweeney, Louis Deguise, Brian Kelly, editors; for the Discovery Times Channel: Stacy Kerzner, associate producer; Diana Sperrazza, executive producer; Bill Smee, vice president of production and development; Vivian Schiller, executive in charge of production; for The New York Times: David Rummel, senior producer; Ann Derry, executive producer; Lawrie Mifflin, executive director of radio and television; Jon Landman, executive in charge; for the CBC: Anne Emin, project manager; Mark Starowicz, area executive producer; Susan Dando, executive producer.