NYT – Hijackers Threatened to Blow Up Mystery Ship: Reports

The Malta Maritime Authority said on Tuesday, without elaborating, that the Arctic Sea had “never really disappeared,” a comment which increased speculation that security services might have been involved in the affair. …

“The Arctic Sea was carrying something, not timber and not from Finland, that necessitated some major work on the ship,” [a Russian journalist] wrote in the Moscow Times newspaper on Wednesday.

During two weeks of repair works in the Russian port of Kaliningrad just before the voyage, the ship’s bulkhead was dismantled so something very large could be loaded, she wrote.

“To put it plainly: The Arctic Sea was carrying some sort of anti-aircraft or nuclear contraption intended for a nice, peaceful country like Syria, and they were caught with it,” she said.

Awesome!