WikiLeaks strikes again
WikiLeaks has been a game changer when it comes to national security issues around the globe. They have blown the lid off a wide variety of previously well kept national secrets, and have been credited with creating havoc in many different nations. Most recently they have been blamed for setting off the major uprising in Tunisia. This time, 250,000 U.S. cables have been released to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, detailing Iran’s attempts at getting its hands on uranium and other materials needed for developing nuclear weapons…or is it their strictly peaceful nuclear energy program? Guess that all depends on who you believe.
(Reuters) – Iran has been developing contacts in more than 30 countries to acquire technology, equipment and raw materials needed to build a nuclear bomb, a Norwegian newspaper said on Sunday, citing U.S. diplomatic cables.
Aftenposten said that according to the cables, obtained by WikiLeaks, more than 350 Iranian companies and organizations were involved in the pursuit of nuclear and missile technology between 2006 and 2010.
“For years, Iran has been working systematically to acquire the parts, equipment and technology needed for developing such weapons, in violation of U.N. sanctions against the country’s nuclear and missile program,” Aftenposten said. source: Reuters
The Islamic Republic is in short supply of the uranium and equipment it needs to achieve its nuclear ambitions, and is also in a race against the clock to buy materials before they’re too broke to afford what they’re after. Economic sanctions plus the devastation caused by Israel and the Stuxnet computer worm, severely slowed progress toward a fully nuclear Iran. The regime’s feverish pursuit of nuclear status has at least been momentarily stalled, and perhaps Israel can breathe a sigh of relief…but I’m sure they will remain on full alert and not rest for a moment.
Most likely, this newly leaked information has in no way come as a surprise to the leaders in Israel. Within Israel’s currently reshaping government, it is estimated that Israel may take an even harder stance against a nuclear Iran, and that’s because Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have one very important thing in common. They both view the Iranian nuclear program as a major threat to the nation of Israel, and agree that Israel must be prepared for a military option against it if necessary.
It is important to note that Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has all 250,000 leaked U.S. cables in their possession, and have stated that they will only gradually release the information contained within them. We may still see a few interesting stories come out of this latest move by WikiLeaks.