Top secret locations of 150 US nukes hidden in Europe are accidentally leaked in Nato report sparking major security fears
SECRET sites storing 150 US nukes have been accidentally revealed in a Nato report, it has been reported.
The United States and its allies in the Nato military alliance never disclose the locations of the nuclear arsenal but it appears the six sites have inadvertently disclosed.
A draft version of the document entitled "A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, arms control and allied nuclear forces" was published earlier this year.
But Belgian newspaper De Morgen spotted that it contained details about the nuke sites.
A section on the nuclear arsenal read: "These bombs are stored at six US and European bases ‐ Kleine Brogel in Belgium, Buchel in Germany, Aviano and Ghedi-Torre in Italy, Volkel in The Netherlands, and Incirlik in Turkey."
The study was written by a Canadian senator Joseph Day for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Good job, Joseph. Keep up the good work.
The final version of the report has now been published online with specific reference to where bombs are stored deleted.
Instead it refers vaguely to aircraft that could carry nuclear weapons.Senator Day told the Washington Post the original document was only a draft and "all information used in this report is open source material".
A Nato spokesman said: "We do not comment on the details of NATO’s nuclear posture. This is not an official NATO document."
It has been reported that the US has deployed the B61 bomb in Europe.
The presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe is a relic of the Cold War and they were originally stationed to deter Soviet aggression.
At the height of tensions, the US is believed to have deployed 110 nuclear weapons at RAF Lakenheath, which were removed in 2008.
America has indicated it may spend more than £703 billion by the 2040s upgrading its nuclear capabilities.
The United States and Russia are due to meet today to discuss the possibility of a three-way nuclear arms treaty, including China for the first time.
The talks are being held two weeks before the formal end to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Russia and the US.
The 1987 agreement was signed in 1987 in Washington D.C. by President Ronald Regan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and greatly reduced nuclear weapons in Europe.
By May 1991, 2,692 missiles had been eliminated and 10 years of on-site verification inspections followed.
Donald Trump signalled the America would withdraw from the treaty because Russia had been "violating it for many years".
Earlier this year a UN arms chief said the threat of nuclear war is at its highest since World War II.
Posted by: gorb 2019-07-21