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Gaddafi and Libya’s nuclear deals

For the moment, the Tajoura reactor remains in the part of the country still controlled by forces loyal to Qaddafi, who has vowed to “fight to the last drop of blood” to remain in power. Its current status is unknown.

Nuclear Madness in Tripoli. The New York Review of Books, Jeremy Bernstein, 24 Feb 2011, If any further proof is needed of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi’s mental instability it is provided by WikiLeaks dispatches from US diplomats in Tripoli in November and December of 2009. At issue was some nearly loose nuclear material, a Russian plane, and a lone security guard—a footnote in the WikiLeaks scandal that many may have missed…….. Continue reading

February 24, 2011 Posted by | MIDDLE EAST, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Wikileaks: details on Egypt’s nuclear reactor contract

Contract Signed for Egypt’s First Nuclear Plant – Telegraph, 16 Feb 2011, “……….On June 18, 2009, WorleyParsons Ltd. signed a contract with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy for the development of Egypt’s first Nuclear power plant. Ambassador Scobey, Australian Ambassador Stephanie Shwabsky, and Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif were present at the signing along with Worley’s President, Ron McNeilly and Dr. Rames Khalil, Worley’s Regional Power Manager for Egypt and Africa…….Contract Signed for Egypt’s First Nuclear Plant – Telegraph

February 16, 2011 Posted by | Egypt, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Wikileaks catches Australian Minister out in deception on uranium sales to India

Mr Ferguson declined to comment on the contents of a leaked diplomatic cable, revealed in The Age yesterday, suggesting Australia was planning to sell yellowcake to India

No to Indian uranium sales, The Age, Katharine MurphyFebruary 11, 2011 AUSTRALIA will not sell uranium to India until it signs a nuclear non-proliferation treaty and completes a safeguards agreement, Resources Minister Martin Ferguson says. Continue reading

February 11, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, Uranium, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Wikileaks reveal secret deal between USA and Russia

The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.

WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain’s nuclear secrets, The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, By Matthew Moore, Gordon Rayner and Christopher Hope   04 Feb 2011 Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Continue reading

February 5, 2011 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

USA’s missile shield program was a lemon – Wikileaks

A 2007 briefing by General Patrick O’Reilly, director of the US Missile Defence Agency, disclosed that the radar system would be unable to detect long-range missiles in the launch phase because it could only see in a straight line, not over the horizon.

WikiLeaks cables: planned US missile shield blind to nuclear weapons, Telegraph UK, US plans for a missile defence system on Czech soil ran into trouble when defence chiefs realised the proposed radar was blind to nuclear missiles, leaked diplomatic cables show By Heidi Blake 03 Feb 2011 Continue reading

February 4, 2011 Posted by | technology, weapons and war, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Smuggling of uranium in Philippines

WikiLeaks document claims uranium smuggled out of PH, By Jerry E. Esplanada, Philippine Daily Inquirer 02/02/2011 MANILA, Philippines—A smuggling incident involving uranium, a nuclear material, took place in the Philippines in 2007, according to a cable from the US Embassy in London that was released by the online whistle-blower WikiLeaks……..
The release of the WikiLeaks files comes at a crucial moment for Philippine-US ties when the Visiting Forces Agreement is being reviewed by Malacañang…..WikiLeaks document claims uranium smuggled out of PH –, Philippine News for Filipinos

February 2, 2011 Posted by | Philippines, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Wikileaks reveal that many countries helped Iran’s nuclear programme

WikiLeaks: Iran developing nuclear bomb with help of more than 30 countries « Coming World War 3 Bruno Bilro | January 16, 2011 Iran has been developing contacts in more than 30 countries to acquire technology, equipment and raw materials needed to build a nuclear bomb, a Norwegian newspaper said on Sunday, citing U.S. diplomatic cables. Aftenposten said that according to the cables, obtained by WikiLeaks, more than 350 Iranian companies and organizations were involved in the pursuit of nuclear and missile technology between 2006 and 2010. Continue reading

January 16, 2011 Posted by | 2 WORLD, politics international, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Illicit uranium trade suspected in Finnish factory

many inconsistencies which seem to point to the existence of illegal trade in uranium, according to the cable. However, the cable stresses that most evidence is circumstantial and inconclusive……

Wikileaks: Finnish Factory Suspected of Illicit Uranium Trade YLE Uutiset , 22 Dec 10, The whistleblowing website Wikileaks has published a cable by the US embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) implicating Finland-based OMG Kokkola Chemicals in uranium trafficking.The cable details the operations of the Belgian-owned Malta Forest Company, from which OMG Kokkola Chemicals would later buy raw materials. Continue reading

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Finland, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Wikileaks: frightening revelations about nuclear theft

The leaked cables tell hair-raising tales of casks of uranium found in wicker baskets in Burundi, a retired Russian general offering to sell “uranium plates” in Portugal, and a radioactive Armenian car on the Georgian border.

WikiLeaks cables: How US ‘second line of defence’ tackles nuclear threat Diplomatic dispatches reveal world of smugglers, ex-military fixers and radioactive materials found in unlikely locations Julian Borger and Karen McVeigh *, Sunday 19 December 2010The leaked US cables reveal the constant, largely unseen, work by American diplomatic missions around the world to try to keep the atomic genie in its bottle and forestall the nightmare of a terrorist nuclear attack. Continue reading

December 21, 2010 Posted by | EUROPE, safety, Uranium, Wikileaks | 1 Comment

Dodgy deals, safety problems, in Bulgarian nuclear project

The cable also reports: “When Bulgarians talk about the Belene nuclear power plant, they increasingly do so in hushed tones. Issues of delays, financing woes, non-transparent horse-trading and side deals, Russian influence … and the interests of well-connected politicians and energy oligarchs inevitably come up.”...

WikiLeaks cables: Bulgarian nuclear project ‘dogged by safety concerns’,  The Guardian, Tim Webb, 20 December 2010 German firm RWE, which owns npower, bought 49% stake in project that cable claimed ‘reeked of side deals’ One of Britain’s biggest energy suppliers, which wants to build half a dozen nuclear reactors in the UK, helped develop one in Bulgaria which was “dogged by ongoing serious safety concerns”, according to leaked US diplomatic cables. Continue reading

December 21, 2010 Posted by | Bulgaria, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Wikileaks reveal the danger of Yemen’s nuclear material

“Very little now stands between the bad guys and Yemen’s nuclear material,” the official is quoted as saying in the cable,

WikiLeaks: Yemen nuclear material was unsecured(AP) – Google hosted news, 20 Dec 10, CAIRO (AP) — A storage facility housing Yemen’s radioactive material was unsecured for up to a week after its lone guard was removed and its surveillance camera was broken, a secret U.S. State Department cable released by WikiLeaks revealed Monday. Continue reading

December 21, 2010 Posted by | MIDDLE EAST, safety, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

New Zealand under pressure because of its anti nuclear policy

“Most disturbing is a report that our Defence Chief in 2006, Bruce Ferguson, seems to have complained to the Americans about our anti-nuclear policy being too inflexible. The head of the armed forces is supposed to be our most loyal citizen.”….

Nuclear issue thrums at heart of US-NZ diplomacy , TVNZ, December 21, 2010 The United States’ focus on New Zealand’s anti-nuclear stance and the Anzus split stands out in the screeds of diplomatic cables sent from the US Embassy in Wellington, and released by Wikileaks.

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December 21, 2010 Posted by | New Zealand, politics international, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Gulf Arab countries in fact oppose a strike against Iran

In fact, the cables show that most Gulf Arab regimes – including Saudi Arabia itself – have been seriously concerned about the consequences of a strike against Iran for their own security, in sharp contrast to Israel’s open advocacy of such a strike.

Misinformation Times – Actual U.S. cables belie New York Times’ version,  by Gareth Porter & Jim Lobe 12-Dec-2010 The dominant theme that emerged in U.S. media coverage of the first round of Wikileaks diplomatic cables last week was that Arab regimes in the Gulf – led by Saudi Arabia – shared Israel’s view that Iran’s nuclear program had to be stopped by military force, if necessary….. Continue reading

December 13, 2010 Posted by | MIDDLE EAST, politics international, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Illegal transport of uranium by US diplomats

The State Department Foreign Affairs Manual explicitly forbids radioactive substances from being sent in a diplomatic bag.

US diplomats broke laws by sending uranium on commercial flight, says leaked cable * Richard Lloyd Parry, Philip Pank : The Times * December 13, 2010 AMERICAN diplomats secretly sent uranium on a commercial airliner, in violation of US government rules about the abuse of the diplomatic bag system, and laws governing the air transportation of hazardous materials. Continue reading

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Burma, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Prime Minister’s response to Julian Assange pleased USA, not the Australian public

She sought to placate the wrong audience and said what the American government would have wanted to hear, not what the fractious left in Australia wanted to hear.

PM tanks at home, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Dec 10, Gillard’s ill-advised judge and jury comments convicting Julian Assange alienated a swag of Labor supporters for good.THE WikiLeaks revelations have been an immense political disaster for the Gillard government. Continue reading

December 11, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, politics, Wikileaks | Leave a comment