Rumsfeld?s involvement in the $200 million deal with the Zurich-based engineering company ABB is seen as an embarrassment to the Bush administration, which vehemently opposed the deal during the 2000 presidential campaign, reports the London-based Guardian. ?One could draw the conclusion that economic and personal interests took precedent over non-proliferation,? said Steve LaMontagne of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Rumsfeld sat on the ABB board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration. Asked about the reactor deal, the defense secretary told the Guardian that he ?did not recall it being brought before the board at any time.?