Monday, December 6, 2010

List of facilities 'vital to US security' leaked

A long list of key facilities around the world that the US describes as vital to its national security has been released by Wikileaks.

In February 2009 the State Department asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically affect US national security.

The list includes pipelines, communication and transport hubs.

Several UK sites are listed, including cable locations, satellite sites and BAE Systems plants.

BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says this is probably the most controversial document yet from the Wikileaks organisation.

The definition of US national security revealed by the cable is broad and all embracing, he says.

There are obvious pieces of strategic infrastructure like communications hubs, gas pipelines and so on. However, other facilities on the list include:

* Cobalt mine in Congo
* Anti-snake venom factory in Australia
* Insulin plant in Denmark

In Britain, the list ranges from Cornwall to Scotland, including key satellite communications sites and the places where trans-Atlantic cables make landfall.

A number of BAE Systems plants involved in joint weapons programmes with the Americans are listed, along with a marine engineering firm in Edinburgh which is said to be "critical" for nuclear powered submarines. ...

via BBC News - List of facilities 'vital to US security' leaked.

What good could  releasing this do? The little possibility (hope?) I had that Wikileaks is backed by some rogue part of the CIA playing some tricky little game is fading fast.

Is this wikileaks information joyride is a big bucket of Bush blow-back?  Not only did he turn the rest of the world against the US with his attitude and preemptive war, but...
...There is a terrible irony here since this centralised method of exchanging key diplomatic communications was instituted as part of the efforts in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to get different parts of the US government machine talking to each other better. - BBC


1 comment:

Ann said...

" ... pieces of strategic infrastructure ..."

One might wonder why there are "terrorists" angry at the U.S. in the first place.

... Oh, wait! Former President Bush explained that one: They hate us because of our freedoms. ...

Like the freedom of speech under which Assange felt protected. ...

Huh? Wait a minute ...

But, then, again, he's not a U.S. citizen, like all those "Mexicans" sneaking in the U.S. to work, taking away all those American jobs.

"Illegal" immigrants have less human rights than corporations. ...

That's the problem ..., er ... solution!

Assange should've incorporated and sold public shares!!! He'd never be arrested like all those corporations who happily get by only paying fines.