Huh: “Roy Lynn Oakley, 65, of Roane County, Tenn., was arrested in January after he allegedly tried to sell the sensitive material to undercover FBI agents, officials said. None of the data made it out of the country or was transmitted to criminal or terrorist groups, officials said.”
Not for lack of trying on Oakley’s part, though, obviously.
The thing is, Oakley wasn’t immediately whisked away to Gitmo and wasn’t denied an attorney. Yesterday, he pleaded not guilty to “charges that he stole classified information about enriching uranium to sell to foreign governments.” And there’s been shockingly little news about this case, considering a contract employee at a nuclear site was trying to sell info that could make possible the proverbial “dirty bomb” or “suitcase nuke” about which we’ve been hearing so much lo these past few years.
Maybe the hush-hushedness has to do with the fact that Oakley was employed by Bechtel, the largest engineering corp. in the US and a favorite of the Bush administration, who awarded Bechtel a $680 million reconstruction contract in Iraq and the no-bid contract to provide “temporary housing” for Katrina relief efforts in NOLA. Or maybe the hush-hushedness has to do with the fact that Bechtel was employed by Oak Ridge, the Energy Department’s largest science and energy laboratory. Or maybe it’s just because Oakley looks like this, so he couldn’t possibly be subjected to the sort of treatment, or the suspension of rights, we reserve for the real terrorists.