A former member of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s non-proliferation team says he was fired after writing an article for a nonprofit website in support of abolishing nuclear weapons.
James Doyle, who lives in Santa Fe, said he believes he was let go after 17 years because lab officials feared the article, which espoused his personal views, could be interpreted as a voice from the laboratory and could present problems in seeking funding for Los Alamos’s nuclear bomb building mission.
A Los Alamos spokesman said the lab doesn’t discuss personnel matters.
Doyle said he was fired July 8, several months after lab officials claimed his article raised classification concerns. He says the article had been cleared for publication by the proper officials before it was published.
Doyle’s attorney Mark Zaid said he believes there was clear retaliation, and he is pursuing administrative remedies for his client.
The Center for Public Integrity initially broke the story.
In its story, a number of former advisers were quoted.
“It sure looks like he’s being fired for supporting the president’s policy,” said Jon Wolfsthal, a special adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden.