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CNN Finds Possible 'Yellowcake' Uranium in Libya

photo of Jenna  Zwang
September 22, 2011

CNN's Ben Wedeman said on Thursday that he had discovered what appeared to be processed uranium sitting in a Libyan warehouse filled with thousands of barrels apparently containing radioactive material.

He came across the warehouse while pursuing a story at a military base outside the town of Sabha. Wedeman tweeted photos of the warehouse, including some bags that he said appear to contain yellowcake, or processed uranium. Yellowcake is a rudimentary uranium oxide compound that can be refined for use in nuclear weaponry.

The International Atomic Energy Agency was aware that the site contained nuclear materials, Wedeman reported. He also found a handwritten note that said "350,000 tons declared."

 

Anti-Qaddafi forces took over the site in Sabha just yesterday. Wedeman's team found a garbage bag and rubber gloves in the warehouse that appeared to have been used recently and may be evidence of activity on the site.

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