Nuke-related cables coming out

    The Guardian's feed of diplomatic cables from Wikileaks is just now putting out a cluster of them on nuclear security matters, and they have also published a couple of related articles So far, for me at least, there's some clues why Obama might be so fixated on nuclear regulatory issues. Especially if the PDB is full of this kind of stuff. Some links after the jump.

    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
    By Julian Borger and Karen McVeigh, Sunday 19 December 2010 21.29 GMT

    WikiLeaks cables: Yemen radioactive stocks 'were easy al-Qaida target'
    Sana'a official told US diplomats solo sentry had been removed from atomic facility and CCTV system was broken, Sunday 19 December 2010 21.30 GMT
    By Karen McVeigh

    US embassy cables: Yemen sounds alarm over radioactive materials
    19 Dec 2010: Cable sent 09/01/2010
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    US embassy cables: Armenians trigger radiation alarm on Georgian border but are waved through
    Cable sent 21/10/2009
    C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001919

    US embassy cables: Swiss tip points to uranium smuggling out of Dar es Salaam
    Cable sent 27/09/2006
    C O N F I D E N T I A L DAR ES SALAAM 001593

    US embassy cables: Tip-off in Portugal claims former Russian general is trying to sell 'uranium plates'
    Cable sent 25/07/2008
    S E C R E T LISBON 001808

    US embassy cables: Egypt turned down nuclear weapons after collapse of Soviet Union, Washington told
    Cable sent 13/05/2009
    C O N F I D E N T I A L USUN NEW YORK 000497

    US embassy cables: US steps in to stop export of potential nuclear components from India to Iran
    Cable sent 26/05/2009
    S E C R E T STATE 053356

    US embassy cables: US diplomats investigate Congolese "nuclear smuggling ring
    Cable sent 17/07/2007
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    US embassy cables: Burundi mission tipped off over a possible uranium smuggling attempt
    Cable sent 27/06/2007
    S E C R E T BUJUMBURA 000479

    US embassy cables: Abysmal security at a Congolese nuclear centre
    Cable sent 08/09/2006
    C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KINSHASA 001410


    Well this is enough to scare the yule log right out of me!

    It really seems like it is only a matter of time before some idiot manages to detonate a nuclear device.  The idea that it might be a stateless actor really frightens a lot of the old men who were much more comfortable when mutually assured destruction (MAD) was the strategy   So much so that they have organized themselves into an NGO called the Nucliear Threat Initiative and produced a documentary sharing their fears and initiatives.  They offer it online as well as a free CD. 


    Here is a link to the trailer if you cannot see the embed:


    I really do regret the fall of the Soviet Union. It kept the kookos occupied and out of everyone else's hair.

    Well I certainly agree that the keeping all kookoos occupied part is really the secret to preventing war.Laughing

    Edit to add: on the It really seems like it is only a matter of time before some idiot manages to detonate a nuclear device thing, it strikes me that if long term we are to have more nuclear energy, we really will have to submit to a  more stringent"new world order" global rule over it, as having nuke plants under individual unstable governments is an invitation to dirty nuke bombs and intentional nuclear accidents and the like. That or medicine has to figure out how to better counter the effects of radiation?

    US embassy cables: Trouble at Bulgarian nuclear power plant
    Cable sent 17/02/2009
    C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 SOFIA 000069

    US embassy cables: More troubles at Bulgarian nuclear power plant
    Cable sent 07/07/2009
    S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 SOFIA 000363

    WikiLeaks cables suggest Burma is building secret nuclear sites
    Fears of bomb plan as witnesses tell US embassy that North Koreans are involved with underground facility in jungle, Thursday 9 December 2010 21.30 GM

    US embassy cables: Burmese civilian offers to sell uranium to US diplomats
    Cable sent 23/09/2008
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