The latest Wikileaks cables states that Al Qaeda can build atomic bombs. The whistleblowing organization has released thousands of American diplomatic cables and security briefs to the UK's Daily Telegraph. The Wikileaks cables suggest the world's most menacing terrorist organization has complied the necessary components to build "workable and efficient" biological and chemical weapons aimed at killing thousands via attacks on the United States.
The Wikileaks cables indicate an international race is on to stop weapons grade nuclear, chemical, and biological materials from falling into the hands of terrorists and other organizations who pose a threat to civilians. The cables also state that Al Qaeda is attempting to recruit "rogue scientists" in an attempt to assemble dirty bombs. The cables include security briefings regarding the jihadi groups and a statement issued by a lead atomic regulator including a dire prediction that the world is "on the brink of a nuclear 9/11." The cables included details surrounding a January 2009 NATO meeting where security chiefs offered a brief stating Al Qaeda has already begun a program to build "dirty radioactive IEDs" for use against British troops stationed in Afghanistan.
The NATO briefs also included details in reference to the underestimation of Al Qaeda bioterrorist attacks, stating the organization had made "greater advances" than previously discerned. American security personnel reportedly were warned by an Indian national security adviser during June of 2008 that Al Qaeda had "manifest [an] attempt to get fissile material" and "have the technical competence to manufacture an explosive device beyond a mere dirty bomb." The cables included documentation between foreign U.S. embassies throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to Washington officials declaring large amounts of nuclear material were trafficked and smuggled throughout the countries and how customs guards used radiation alarms at border crossings to seize shipments of uranium and plutonium. Additionally, the cables maintained train systems along the Kazakhstan-Russia border transported weapons grade nuclear material, buses in Uganda transported highly enriched uranium, and Lisbon made offers to Al Qaeda regarding radioactive plates stolen from Chernobyl. The cables identify an incident from September 2009 at the Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia involving two employees who smuggled one half ton of "yellow cake" or uranium concentrate powder out of the mine using plastic bags.
The WikiLeaks cables also pointed at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a nuclear safety watchdog group, regarding "acute safety and security concerns" during 2008 at the uranium and plutonium laboratory. The cable identified a private warning from Tomihiro Taniguchi, deputy director general of IAEA, to the U.S. stating if reserves of uranium and plutonium were not properly secured, the world faces a "nuclear 9/11." The cables further suggested that IAEA's headquarters in Austria had "no way to provide perimeter security" to prevent break ins because of the facility's windows.
The Wikileaks cables also identified "deep concerns" expressed by senior British defense officials in London during February 2009 regarding the Pakistani nuclear program which "could gradually smuggle enough material out to make a weapon." The cables mentioned "extremists" within Pakistan who have ample agricultural stores of biological pathogens like anthrax, smallpox, foot and mouth disease, and avian flu to build biological weapons using simple shop purchased aerosol by spraying the can in crowded areas.
The cables also declared concerns raised by "a growing chorus of voices" at World Health Assembly meetings regarding two declared smallpox stores located in Atlanta, Georgia and Novosibirsk, Russia.
The Wikileaks cables follow President Barack Obama's 2010 declaration that nuclear terrorism remains "the single biggest threat" to America and other countries with the ability to cause "extraordinary loss of life."
For More: UK Daily Telegraph