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Something rotten in Denmark

Regarding Rumsfeld’s lobbying efforts in the 1990s for two North Korean nuclear reactors:

Rumsfeld was on the board of directors of the Zurich, Switzerland, corporation, ABB, that built two nuclear reactors for North Korea in the 1990s. As the sole American on the board of directors he was asked to lobby for the Swiss company because an American company had complained about foreign-owned companies getting work.

Rumsfeld denies any recollection of his lobbying efforts now for ABB, even though one board member clearly remembers his efforts. (See Fortune, April 28, 2003.)

It is strange that Rumsfeld cannot recollect any politicking on behalf of a nuclear project, entailing vast sums of money, for a company when he was member of its board at the time. Why does Rumsfeld have amnesia about his significant role in placing two nuclear power plants in North Korea, the same plants now producing enriched UR for nuclear bombs that can reach Chicago?

The answer may lie in the fact that there is something rotten in the state of Denmark (see Hamlet).

Elfreda Lou Mortensen

Glenwood Springs


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