Who killed Gerald Bull?
Dr. Gerald Bull was like a figure in a spy novel, designing arms for some of the world's harshest regimes. With no shortage of possible enemies, he died at the hands of an unknown assassin. But the Canadian-born artillery expert was also a brilliant scientist with a dream: to launch a satellite with a giant gun.
. The Iraqis were also interested in launching a satellite, and Bull saw it as a chance to revive the dream he had lost with HARP. In 1989, plans for an Iraqi supergun code-named Project Babylon were born.
. Immediate suspicions about who sponsored Gerald Bull's murder focused on Israel. As one of Iraq's greatest enemies, Israel would likely take steps to ensure Iraq didn't develop weapons that could be a threat.
. Another suspect was Iran, which had just ended a bloody war with Iraq and was probably second in a list of Iraq's enemies.
. A 1992 book says Bull's family believes he was killed by the Americans. Their theory was that he had uncovered proof of a CIA conspiracy against him while trying to obtain a pardon for his weapons-smuggling conviction. He was an obsessive memo-taker and keeper and he'd been working on the pardon for years. However, his family found no evidence of it among his personal papers.
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: April 5, 1990
Guest(s): Alan George
Host: Barbara Frum
Reporter: Kevin Tibbles
Last updated: February 7, 2012
Page consulted on March 28, 2013
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