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>the sample is now expected to go back on display at Seaborg's old office at Berkeley.
Because every self-respecting academic has the odd bit of plutonium lying about. It really helps with the mad scientist cred.
>That said, reprisals are a terrible idea.
Who needs reprisals? They're stuck in North Korea. What could be worse? The Dear Leader is a bat-shit crazy reincarnation of Stalin. Half the country is starving to death. Even if your are relatively well off, you could be taken out and shot any minute, and every known relative of yours hauled off to a camp for generations.