- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Nuclear secrets aren’t the only thing A.Q. Khan steals. The world’s most infamous proliferator, who was just released after five years of house arrest, has been caught stealing in a column for Pakistan’s The News:
The newspaper column in question, “Science of computers — part I,” appears to have been lifted almost verbatim, from the computer science homepages of the University of Sussex, Imperial College London, and the University of Cambridge. A blow-by-blow comparison can be viewed in a letter to the editor of Pakistani daily The News, the same paper which carried the original column. (In the letter, the link to the University of Sussex is broken. Click here for the correct page.)
Also, “Random Thoughts” is probably not the best name for a newspaper column unless you’re writing it on MySpace.
On ForeignPolicy.com today, Leonard Spector explains how the international community can still hold Khan responsible for his somewhat more serious crimes.
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