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WikiLeaks: Al-Qaeda Plans Dirty Bomb

From the UK’s Telegraph:

WikiLeaks: al-Qaeda ‘is planning a dirty bomb’

Al-Qaeda is actively tring [sic] to secure nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build a radioactive "dirty" bomb, according to leaked diplomatic documents.

By Heidi Blake, and Christopher Hope 02 Feb 2011

A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a "nuclear 9/11".

Security briefings suggest that jihadi groups are also close to producing "workable and efficient" biological and chemical weapons that could kill thousands if unleashed in attacks on the West.

Thousands of classified American cables obtained by the WikiLeaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph detail the international struggle to stop the spread of weapons-grade nuclear, chemical and biological material around the globe.

At a Nato meeting in January 2009, security chiefs briefed member states that al-Qaeda was plotting a programme of "dirty radioactive IEDs", makeshift nuclear roadside bombs that could be used against British troops in Afghanistan.

As well as causing a large explosion, a "dirty bomb" attack would contaminate the area for many years.

The briefings also state that al-Qaeda documents found in Afghanistan in 2007 revealed that "greater advances" had been made in bio-terrorism than was previously realised.

An Indian national security adviser told American security personnel in June 2008 that terrorists had made a "manifest attempt to get fissile material" and "have the technical competence to manufacture an explosive device beyond a mere dirty bomb".

Alerts about the smuggling of nuclear material, sent to Washington from foreign US embassies, document how criminal and terrorist gangs were trafficking large amounts of highly radioactive material across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The alerts explain how customs guards at remote border crossings used radiation alarms to identify and seize cargoes of uranium and plutonium.

Which will be handy information for the terrorists to know.

Freight trains were found to be carrying weapons-grade nuclear material across the Kazakhstan-Russia border, highly enriched uranium was transported across Uganda by bus, and a "small-time hustler" in Lisbon offered to sell radioactive plates stolen from Chernobyl.

In one incident in September 2009, two employees at the Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia smuggled almost half a ton of uranium concentrate powder – yellowcake – out of the compound in plastic bags.

"Acute safety and security concerns" were even raised in 2008 about the uranium and plutonium laboratory of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear safety watchdog.

Mr. Elbaradei’s IAEA?

Tomihiro Taniguchi, the deputy director-general of the IAEA, has privately warned America that the world faces the threat of a "nuclear 9/11" if stores of uranium and plutonium were not secured against terrorists

Why tell us? Why don’t they do something about it?

Of course, like so much of the ‘news’ coming from the WikiLeaks files, this really isn’t anything new. Anyone who has been sitting up and taking notice for the last twenty years should have suspected as much. Nevertheless, it is still quite chilling to see the threats spelled out in black and white.

However, we also can’t help but wonder why these kind of stories always seem to come out in the British press rather than our own. Does the New York Times have too much invested in Manhattan real estate?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “WikiLeaks: Al-Qaeda Plans Dirty Bomb”

  1. bill148 says:

    And I noted this morning that our state department has recognized the Muslim Brotherhood!!??! I could ask ‘how could they do this’ but tghat would just be rhetorical bs……

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Will Homeland Security leave the internet alone long enough to do their
    effing job?
    “We have met the enemy and it resides in Washington, DC!”

  3. Papa Louie says:

    So we should stop building the fence and invite all, regardless of citizenship, race, or religion, to come in. What could go wrong? /sarc

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