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White House mistakenly publishes nuclear secrets

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Nov3-06, 10:26 AM
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Apparently, a U.S. government website has unwittingly published detailed, useful nuclear secrets. Crucial documents from the 1980's Iraqi nuclear weapons programme have been available online since last year. (If you could read Arabic, that is). It seems there were too many documents for intelligence agencies to translate and analyze, so the hip young Republican senate leaders decided to utilize the groovy powers of the 'net, to synergize the analysis process. Admirable.

And so, useful nuclear secrets were posted online... as part of the effort to uncover the hidden Iraqi WMD's! The irony is overwhelming!

U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

...For instance, the papers give detailed information on how to build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives, as well as the radioactive cores of atom bombs.
Surpisingly, Mr. Bush overruled the counsel of his top intelligence advisors. That's not like him at all!
Mr. Negroponte had resisted setting up the Web site, which some intelligence officials felt implicitly raised questions about the competence and judgment of government analysts. But President Bush approved the site’s creation after Congressional Republicans proposed legislation to force the documents’ release.

The website was "Operation Iraqi Freedom Document Portal", which is no longer online. Even Google's cached page was taken down.
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