WikiLeaks cables: Obama secretly gave Britain’s nuclear secrets to Russia
Posted by iusbvision on February 5, 2011
UPDATE – The State Department is issuing a denial. They say that it is a part of the general reporting to Russia about the NATO deterrent, but would that include specifics to such a detail? If that was all then whey did the Obama Administration ask the UK for permission? Why did the UK say no?
A reporter in the elite media is saying that an anonymous source in England agrees with the State Department story, but it doesn’t make sense. We know after Tuscon that the elite media will say anything and will double down even when the facts come out otherwise when it come sto politically charged stories. An anonymous source won’t cut it amd so far Wikileaks has been accurate (because after all they are leaked American documents).
I realize that some people will toss around the word “impeachment” around rather loosely (Dennis Kuscinich comes to mind), but I have a personal policy against using that word unless something really severe comes to my attention to warrant it. This story, if true I believe may cross that line.
This is a complete violation of the public trust. The Unites States has a special relationship with England and always has, in spite of the fact that this administration denies it and has insulted England on numerous occasions.
[Offended the Queen of England and as a gift to her he gave an iPod with all of Obama’s speeches on it, offended British PM By snubbing him multiple times and offering state gifts that were a joke (25 DVD’s that wont play in England), offended the British People by returning a bust of Winston Churchill that they gave the United States (its like sending the Statue of Liberty back to France). – Editor]
I realize that Obama is an anti-colonialist and really does not like England, but even so this duplicity and act of treachery towards our best ally is shocking and disturbing. Our allies were already shaken up from Obama’s reneging on a missile shield agreement with Eastern Europe almost ending all relations with Poland and the Czech Republic (LINKS 1, 2), letting the Republic of Georgia twist in the wind after the Russian invasion, by siding with Hugo Chavez and Communist Fidel Castro against Honduras, by the constant bowing to foreign leaders, and by pushing Mubarak, a long time ally, out so quickly.
UK Daily Telegraph:
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.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
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.
Details of the behind-the-scenes talks are contained in more than 1,400 US embassy cables published to date by the Telegraph, including almost 800 sent from the London Embassy, which are published online today. The documents also show that:
• America spied on Foreign Office ministers by gathering gossip on their private lives and professional relationships.• Intelligence-sharing arrangements with the US became strained after the controversy over Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantánamo Bay detainee who sued the Government over his alleged torture.
• David Miliband disowned the Duchess of York by saying she could not “be controlled” after she made an undercover TV documentary.
• Tens of millions of pounds of overseas aid was stolen and spent on plasma televisions and luxury goods by corrupt regimes.
A series of classified messages sent to Washington by US negotiators show how information on Britain’s nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia’s support for the “New START” deal.
Although the treaty was not supposed to have any impact on Britain, the leaked cables show that Russia used the talks to demand more information about the UK’s Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in the US.
Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with detailed data about the performance of UK missiles. The UK refused, but the US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.
Professor Malcolm Chalmers said: “This appears to be significant because while the UK has announced how many missiles it possesses, there has been no way for the Russians to verify this. Over time, the unique identifiers will provide them with another data point to gauge the size of the British arsenal.”
Duncan Lennox, editor of Jane’s Strategic Weapons Systems, said: “They want to find out whether Britain has more missiles than we say we have, and having the unique identifiers might help them.”
While the US and Russia have long permitted inspections of each other’s nuclear weapons, Britain has sought to maintain some secrecy to compensate for the relatively small size of its arsenal.
William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, last year disclosed that “up to 160” warheads are operational at any one time, but did not confirm the number of missiles.