Pakistan Frees Nuke Scientist Khan From House Arrest

Admitted giving secrets to North Korea, Iran
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2009 10:53 AM CST
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan waves to media at his home in Islamabad today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Pakistani scientist who admitted to giving nuclear secrets to rogue states was freed from house arrest today, the BBC reports. Abdul Qadir Khan was pardoned in 2004 but has remained under tight restrictions; the former head of Pakistan’s nuclear program can now leave his house and receive visitors. Khan said he “didn’t damn care” what the international community thought of his release.

“Let them talk,” said Khan, implicated in dealings with Iran, North Korea, and others. “I would be more worried about what you Pakistani journalists say about me, not what Bush says or what Dick Cheney says.” The scientist said he would use his freedom to focus on educational projects.