Nun, activists face trial for breaching US nuke security

By REUTERS
May 7, 2013 02:01

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of an elderly nun and two other environmental activists who broke into a supposedly secure facility that stores enriched uranium for nuclear bombs, embarrassing the US government.

The three activists are charged with sabotage and destruction of government property after they cut through several fences last July to reach the heavily guarded Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

They admitted to walking for two hours through the complex - which prosecutors described as the "Fort Knox" of US nuclear installations - and spray painted slogans and hammered on the walls of an enriched uranium facility. Fort Knox is the heavily guarded US military base where gold reserves are stored.
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