D’oh! – U.S. Accidentally Released Secret List of Nuclear Sites

June 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A 266-page document  marked “highly confidential, with specific details of US civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons, was accidentally posted on the internet, the government has admitted, according to a New York Times report Tuesday.  The dossier even included the location of fuel for bombs, which of course might be of great interest to terrorists.
It was removed from the Government Printing Office site late Tuesday, after the Federation of American Scientists reported on the document’s existence Sunday in an online bulletin.  It was published on the Government Printing Office’s Web site on May 22, according to Steven Aftergood, a security expert at the scientists’ group.

The Obama administration prepared the document to comply with a decade-old international agreement aimed at providing the International Atomic Energy Agency with a comprehensive picture of the country’s nuclear and nuclear-related activities. The U.S. made the agreement to encourage other countries to provide similar disclosure of their nuclear activities.

Some nuclear experts told the Times that any dangers from the disclosure were minimal, given that the general outlines of the most sensitive information were already known publicly.  Others think this is like a treasure map for terrorists.


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