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IAEA: License to ill(icitly traffic nuclear material)

Yesterday the press got a briefing from the the team running the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Illicit Trafficking Database. The database was officially established in 1995 and is one of the few publicly available sources of information on nuclear smuggling. 108 countries voluntarily deposit information about lost, missing or stolen radiological material in the database. They do so on condition of anonymity, so the IAEA won’t say too much about where any given incidents occur. However, they do give aggrigate numbers which are in and of themselves reasonably interesting.