p2pnet news view | Security:- Details of hundreds of civilian nuclear sites across the US, and which might have been useful to terrorists, was online for at least 24 hours.
It was a 267-page draft, “intended as a formal declaration to the International Atomic Energy Agency as part of U.S. obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,” says the Washington Post.
It contained descriptions of sensitive civilian sites, including the locations of facilities that store enriched uranium and other materials used in nuclear weapons.
Inquiries by news organizations, “prompted its hasty removal,” says the story, noting the document, first reported by the Secrecy News blog, was available for about 24 hours on a, “Government Printing Office Web”.
“Nuclear experts said it was theoretically possible that the document could benefit terrorists contemplating an attack on one of the facilities,” says the story, adding:
“Still, because the information was unclassified and most of it is publicly available through other sources, the release generally was deemed more embarrassing than harmful.”
Washington Post – List of U.S. Nuclear Sites Inadvertently Posted Online, June 3, 2009
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