Read the article, it seems a filler as it comes to no conclusion. I copied pertinent info to me, with some notes but nothing extreme.
Out of context quotes from the article:
"Newsweek International - this threw me but it's Newsweek, International news a reputable mag.
"As far as anybody knows, no such theft ever occurred at the institute..."
"But keeping close track of pathogen cultures is next to impossible, even for the most tightly run lab."
"the Big Fear-the one driving President George W. Bush's most important decisions and dire pronouncements-is that a terrorist group like Al Qaeda will eventually get its hands on weapons of mass destruction." (was he ever right?)
"Documents recovered from Qaeda safe houses and camps in Afghanistan "show that bin Laden was pursuing a sophisticated biological weapons research program,"
-Apparently they can't even grow castor beans.
"According to U.S. intelligence reports, some Russian experts traveled to Kandahar for job interviews with unidentified Qaeda leaders. Intelligence officials believe the Russians turned down the chance to work for bin Laden, however, and by all accounts Al Qaeda's efforts to make or acquire bioweapons have gone nowhere."
"So how worried should we be? At their peak, the Soviets probably employed upwards of 60, 000 people on bioweapons projects, which produced a greater volume and variety of deadly agents than any other country. When Ken Alibek, a senior Soviet bioweapons official, defected in 1992, he described a staggering offensive bioweapons production"
"Not everyone agrees. It would be irresponsible for an expert like Smithson not to be concerned, but many respected specialists believe the numbers of unemployed bioweapons scientists are exaggerated. Alibek, the Soviet defector, has said that there are perhaps 100 former Soviet scientists capable of building a soup-to-nuts bioweapons factory. Western bioweapons experts put that figure higher-"the low hundreds,"
"Two years ago the DOD began helping former Soviet bioweapons labs to beef up security. The institute in Alma-Ata, which houses cultures of nonweaponized, but still dangerous, germs, now boasts a 2.5-meter concrete wall topped with barbed wire. Two guards armed with stun guns and tear gas patrol the front and rear entrances."
"U.S. officials have long worried about lax security at former Soviet bioweapons facilities. These concerns were heightened after the September 11 attacks. Select from the cities below to find out where bio-weapons agents are located in Russia:
Kirov - Plague, Anthrax
Koltsovo - Smallpox, Hemorrhagic fevers (including Ebola, Marburg, Lassa Viruses and others)
Minsk - Anthrax, Tularemia, Plague
Obninsk - Hemorrhagic fevers (including Ebola, Marburg, Lassa Viruses and others)
Omutninsk - Plague, Tularemia
Penza - Anthrax
Rostov - Anthrax, Tularemia, Plague
Samara - Anthrax, Tularemia, Plague
Saratov - Anthrax, Tularemia, Plague
Sergiyev Posad - Tularemia
Stavropol - Anthrax, Tularemia, Plague
St. Petersberg - Anthrax, Tularemia, Plague
Tbilisi - Hemorrhagic fevers (including Ebola, Marburg, Lassa Viruses and others)
Volgograd - Anthrax, Tularemia, Plague
Yekaterinburg - Tularemia, Botulism""
Replace "biological weapons" with "Nuclear weapons" and the articles on that subject read the same.
I guess the bottom line is if it's so freaking easy to acquire how come it hasn't been used yet?