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Thursday, 28 September 2017

ClandesTime September 24th 2017

ClandesTime ep 122

The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury

In 2004 three men were arrested in the UK for trying to buy red mercury – a trigger for a nuclear bomb – from an undercover journalist working with British intelligence. This plot inspired multiple films and TV programmes and the resulting trial cost over £1 million. The problem is that ‘red mercury’ doesn’t exist. This week we examine the myth of red mercury, where it originated, how it was featured in state-sponsored entertainment and how it still hits the headlines today.




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