April 19, 2003

NO WONDER all the lights

NO WONDER all the lights are out in North Korea. There's nobody home:

A swath of North Korea's military and scientific elite, among them key nuclear specialists, has defected to the US and its allies through a highly secret smuggling operation involving the tiny Pacific island of Nauru.

The defections have taken place since last October and have been made possible through the help of 11 countries that agreed to provide consular protection to smuggle the targets from neighbouring China, according to sources close to the operation, which has now been wound up.

And the name of this top-secret deal? Operation Weasel!

UPDATE. Mucho comments about this over at LGF.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 19, 2003 03:07 AM