A.Q. Khan plagiarizes newspaper column

Nuclear secrets aren't the only thing A.Q. Khan steals. The world's most infamous proliferator, who was just released after five years of house arrest, has been caught stealing in a column for Pakistan's The News:

The newspaper column in question, “Science of computers — part I,” appears to have been lifted almost verbatim, from the computer science homepages of the University of Sussex, Imperial College London, and the University of Cambridge. A blow-by-blow comparison can be viewed in a letter to the editor of Pakistani daily The News, the same paper which carried the original column. (In the letter, the link to the University of Sussex is broken. Click here for the correct page.)

Also, "Random Thoughts" is probably not the best name for a newspaper column unless you're writing it on MySpace.

On today, Leonard Spector explains how the international community can still hold Khan responsible for his somewhat more serious crimes.



Putin 2012?

Speaking of Russia's prime minister, Putin says he has not yet decided whether he will return to the presidency in 2012, when Dmitry Medvedev's term expires:

Asked whether he would run again for president, Putin said: "My term expired and I thought Medvedev was the best person to replace me and I backed him.

"In 2012, we will think together and will take into account the realities of the time, our personal plans, the political landscape and the United Russia party and we will take the decision," Putin told academics and reporters from the Valdai discussion group at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.