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Ex-lab worker may change plea

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A former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist accused of communicating classified nuclear weapons data is trying to get new court-appointed defense lawyers and may seek to withdraw his guilty plea.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife were accused of offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the Venezuelan government.

Mascheroni, 78, meanwhile, is back in jail under an order of federal district judge William P. Johnson.

More on this story in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.