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The Betrayal Of Great Britain

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Free RepublicBrowse · Search Pings · Mail News/ActivismTopics · Post ArticleSkip to comments.The Betrayal Of Great BritainIBD Editorials ^ | February 7, 2011 | StaffPosted on Monday, February 07, 2011 6:39:08 PM by KaslinAlliances:

When spies give military secrets to a foreign power, it’s espionage. When an American president does it, betraying an ally to befriend a longtime foe, what do we call it?

According to diplomatic cables obtained by Britain’s Daily Telegraph, mined from the thousands of classified documents released by WikiLeaks, the U.S. government agreed to provide Russia with information on the British nuclear deterrent as part of the deal behind the ratification and signing of the New START treaty.Specifically, the Telegraph reports, the U.S. provided Moscow with the serial numbers of each Trident missile in the British ballistic missile submarine inventory.

The Russians presumably already know how many Tridents the British have but can’t be sure. British policy has been to refuse to confirm the exact size of its relatively tiny arsenal.Last year, British Foreign Secretary William Hague disclosed that Britain had “up to 160″ warheads operational at any one time, but he did not disclose the total number of missiles and warheads in its nuclear inventory.

Duncan Lennox, editor of Jane’s Strategic Weapons Systems, says: “They want to find out whether Britain has more missiles than we say we have, and having the unique identifiers might help them

The State Department denies this, and spokesman P.J. Crowley said via Twitter that the U.S. simply “carried forward requirement to notify Russia about U.S.-UK nuclear cooperation from the 1991 treaty.” So why did we, according to the Telegraph, have to ask Britain in 2009 for permission with detailed and classified information on the British Tridents, permission that was reportedly denied?

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