A combined Lakam-Mossad operation, codenamed "Plumbat," was undertaken in support of the Israeli nuclear-weapons effort. A German freighter, manifested for Genoa, disappeared along with its cargo of some 200 tons of uranium oxide. When the freighter reappeared in a Turkish port, the cargo was missing; it had been transferred at sea to an Israeli ship.
Davenport, Elaine, Paul Eddy, and Peter Gillman. The Plumbat Affair. London: Deutsch, 1978. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1978.
Constantinides: This book ties together three stories involving Israeli intelligence operations: the clandestine transfer of 200 tons of uranium from Belgium to Israel, the dash of the missile boats out of Cherbourg, and the botched assassination in Norway. "As far as is known, this is a fairly good account of the events examined."
Eisenberg, Dennis, Eli Landau, and Menahem Portugali. Operation Uranium Ship. New York: Signet, 1978.
Constantinides finds that this account of the disappearance in 1968 of a cargo of uranium "is either unreliable or unsubstantiated.... For a much more reliable account of this uranium diversion operation, see Davenport, Eddy, and Gilman, The Plumbat Affair."
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