Large amounts of uranium may have gone missing from a nuclear technology company in Sweden. The American Central Intelligence Agency fears a worst-case scenario where the material has already fallen into terrorist hands, newspaper Expressen reports. “The company (Ranstad Mineral) is a security risk and we have taken the matter to top level to get the Swedes to stop them,” a CIA spokesman told the Swedish newspaper.
The CIA operative claims to know that the little Swedish company has educated Syrian nuclear physicists in the treatment of uranium. He also has information that a Swedish consultancy has sold nuclear equipment to Syria that can be used in the treatment of radioactive material.
“If it transpires that radioactive or nuclear material has been sent on from Sweden to Syria then this is a very serious matter for Sweden,” the CIA source said.
After a meeting with the CIA operative Swedish authorities raided Ranstad Mineral several times and shut the company down on the grounds of deficient security.
“It was one of the worst things I have seen. The company has extremely serious deficiencies in its registration system,” said Carl Magnus Larsson, divisional leader of the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority after their inspection.