Blame Canada: Senator accidentally revealed American nuclear sites in Europe
A Canadian senator revealed secret information concerning the location of over 150 American nuclear bombs across Europe, making its rounds around the world before being deleted.
Canadian Senator Joseph Day included the classified information, which effectively exposed the location of around 150 B61-12 gravity bombs across Europe and likely shifted the list of nuclear targets for enemies such as Russia and China.
“These bombs are stored at six U.S. and European bases- Kleine Brogel in Belgium, Büchel in Germany, Aviano and Ghedi-Torre in Italy, Volkel in The Netherlands, and Incirlik in Turkey,” stated Day in a report titled, “A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernization, arms control, and allied nuclear forces.”
While the Canadian quickly deleted the information, it had already been seen by media outlets and the intelligence communities.
According to the Military Times, Day claimed the report was “open-source material” and that he did nothing wrong.
The buildup of nuclear weapons in Europe due to a large number of Russian nuclear weapons nearby.
“The decision to maintain the non-strategic gravity nuclear bombs in Europe is principally due to Russia’s maintenance of a large number of tactical nuclear weapons in its arsenal,” the report read.
Some European politicians took the report and used it for political gain.
“Do we really want Donald Trump to use nuclear weapons from our territory at the push of a button?” Dutch parliament member Wouter De Vriendt told a local publication.
Several defense experts believe the leak was anything but an accident, particularly as the new B61-12s are rolled out to new F-35 squadrons.
“It cannot, therefore, be completely excluded that this” [leaked intel] “deliberately crept into the report,” said Alexander Mattalaer, academic director of the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
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