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A recently declassified report makes it clear that the Manhattan Project was threatened by leaks and espionage, and it reveals a huge blind spot on the government’s part.

A recently declassified report makes it clear that the Manhattan Project was threatened by leaks and espionage, and it reveals a huge blind spot on the government’s part.

Remote handling of a kilocurie source of radiolanthanum for a RaLa Experiment at Los Alamos.

Remote handling of a kilocurie source of radiolanthanum for a RaLa Experiment at Los Alamos.

The Skyway Drive In, Oak Ridge, TN, built after the Manhattan Project, on Illinois Avenue.

The Skyway Drive In, Oak Ridge, TN, built after the Manhattan Project, on Illinois Avenue.

Operation Castle was a series of high yield thermonuclear weapon design tests. The original schedule included a weaponized version of the cryogenic fuel system used in Sausage designated the TX/EC-16, the test device being named JUGHEAD.

Operation Castle was a series of high yield thermonuclear weapon design tests. The original schedule included a weaponized version of the cryogenic fuel system used in Sausage designated the TX/EC-16, the test device being named JUGHEAD.

<b>Images of the incredible individuals behind the Manhattan Project and their lives at Los Alamos.</b>

Housing at Los Alamos

<b>Images of the incredible individuals behind the Manhattan Project and their lives at Los Alamos.</b>

An aerial view of the Hanford B-Reactor site from June 1944. At center is the reactor building. Small trucks dot the landscape and give a sense of scale. Two large water towers loom above the plant.

An aerial view of the Hanford B-Reactor site from June 1944. At center is the reactor building. Small trucks dot the landscape and give a sense of scale. Two large water towers loom above the plant.

Los Alamos Hospital 1940's  Where I was born.

Los Alamos Hospital 1940's Where I was born.

Santa Claus is detained at the Elza Gate in Oak Ridge in this famous 1944 photo taken by famed Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott.

Santa Claus is detained at the Elza Gate in Oak Ridge in this famous 1944 photo taken by famed Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott.

In 1943, as World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific, thousands of men and women from across the United States began arriving in a remote part of south-central Washington state. They knew very little about why the U.S. government had hired them — only that it was an important project to support the war effort. It was a project that would change the world forever.

In 1943, as World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific, thousands of men and women from across the United States began arriving in a remote part of south-central Washington state. They knew very little about why the U.S. government had hired them — only that it was an important project to support the war effort. It was a project that would change the world forever.

dinosaurspen:  Mathematician and pioneering software developer Phyllis Cady Johnson (right) and two unknown women working on an IBM calculating machine, date unknown. Johnson specialized in nuclear mathematics, first working at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and later Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she worked on the Manhattan Project and later went on to a career developing scientific software for the Atomic Energy Commission.

dinosaurspen: Mathematician and pioneering software developer Phyllis Cady Johnson (right) and two unknown women working on an IBM calculating machine, date unknown. Johnson specialized in nuclear mathematics, first working at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and later Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she worked on the Manhattan Project and later went on to a career developing scientific software for the Atomic Energy Commission.

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