ARMENIA: URANIUM SMUGGLER CONVICTED, THEN RELEASED
On 15 December 2004, Garik Dadayan, an Armenian citizen, was convicted of attempting to smuggle radioactive material across state borders. Samvel Mnatsakanian, the lead prosecutor in the case, said that because of the weakness of evidence and poor cooperation between law enforcement and intelligence, Dadayan was given a sentence of only two and a half years. Mnatsakanian said that without the consistent, strong USG pressure on the system, Dadayan might have been aquitted. Because of time served in a lengthy pre-trial detention, Dadayan was released in early February. Mnatsakanian claimed Dadayan is now in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Given the weakness of this case, we were pleased to get a guilty verdict against Dadayan, although we are dismayed that he is already at liberty. We were not disinterested observers. Armenia's judicial system is weak and open to outside influence and we pushed hard. We appreciate the support received from other USG agencies, especially the authoritative analysis of the HEU, which was essential to the case. The Armenian National Security Service was responsive to our requests for assistance and investigation, but these efforts took place after the initial seizure. While we cannot judge the level of cooperation of Georgia's intel services with the judiciary, we share Mnatsakanian's frustration at the poor coordination at the time of Dadayan's arrest.
CASE AGAINST URANIUM SMUGGLER IN DANGER OF DISMISSAL
Post used the opportunity of a visit from Washington of an attorney-adviser to become familiar with the current status of the case. On September 13, DCM met with Nuatsakan Sagsian, Deputy Prosecutor General, Vrezh Simonian, Senior Prosecutor of the Investigative Department, and Samvel Mnatsakanian, the Prosecutor most directly involved in preparing the case for trial. On September 14, we met with Judge Suren Lalayan, who is the presiding judge for this case in the Yerevan Center Court of the First Instance.
During the September 14 meeting with the trial judge, we found a more cooperative attitude than with the prosecutors, but similarly discouraging results. Judge Lalayan described the same set of problems with documentation of the arrest, custody of evidence and with securing witnesses' presence in court. Because the USG is not a party to the case, Lalayan said that it was unlawful for him to provide us with copies of either the case file or Dadayan's appeal for dismissal. He willingly showed us the file, however, and allowed us to make notes. He also read key points of Dadayan's motion for dismissal.
The case file (which Lalayan showed us) contains correspondence ostensibly from the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi which calls into question whether the substance seized from Dadayan was radioactive at all. Lalayan showed us a letter dated September 12 2003, unsigned, printed in all capital letters on U.S. Embassy letterhead, which stated that the sample in question was harmless "Red Mercury" and similar to material seized in scams in other parts of the world. A second letter, dated February 10, 2004, also unsigned and also on U.S. Embassy letterhead stated that the sample received was in fact radioactive and a small portion of that sample was being returned to the Government of Georgia for analysis.
The implication is that they used the Clintons to buy up as much uranium as possible not just with Uranium One. Rosatom controls many other uranium supply chains and they bribe blackmail and murder for it. They then combine this uranium with their native uranium before enriching it to heu. Highly enriched uranium mixes are processed at the Novosibirsk chemical concentration plant in Russia and that is what is showing up in the black market and that is why Mueller brought a sample to Russia. The FBI is protecting Russia's uranium racket and the DNC is helping expand it.