To help spread the word about his laboratory’s ability to produce nuclear weapons, Pakistani engineer A.Q. Khan produced a marketing video that he sent to potential clients around the world.
One of these promotional videos turned up at a pipe factory warehouse in South Africa. When police raided the warehouse in 2004, they also found a stack of shipping containers marked for export to Libya—inside were machine parts that would have given the Libyans the ability to process enough enriched uranium for several nuclear bombs. It turned out the warehouse was part of an international network—directed by Khan—supplying bomb-building materials to anyone who could pay the price.