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Not So Confidential – Confidential Nuclear Document Posted Online 06/29/2009

Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Government.
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On June 2nd, 2009, it was reported on FoxNews.com that the federal government had accidentally posted a confidential 266-page document online.  Each page was labeled “highly confidential” and contained detailed information about nuclear reactors and other nuclear sites throughout the United States and in other nations.  The information included maps and locations of plutonium and uranium (refined and unrefined), down to the room number.

Somehow the government expected people to believe that this slip in security was not a big deal, and that enemies of the United States could not use the information against America.  Steven Aftergood, the director of the Federation of American Government’s Project on Governmental Secrecy, stated that there are “zero” national security implications on the publication of this document.

I disagree.  With the information in the document, a small, armed group could take over one of these sites, obtain the information and materials required to construct a nuclear weapon and/or destroy said facility.  Also, the document contains information of collaboration with foreign countries, including Russia and China.  Not only can the release of this information endanger people of the United States, but those of other countries.

However, the disturbing information does not stop there.  This leak of information has been severely underreported throughout the media.  Unfortunately I have no answer why this is true.  I can only speculate that the government has something to do with this.

How can this “accident” not be considered a threat?