Wik­iLeaks: Ye­men nu­clear ma­te­rial was un­se­cured

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

CAIRO: A stor­age fa­cil­ity hous­ing Ye­men's ra­dioac­tive ma­te­rial was un­se­cured for up to a week af­ter its lone guard was re­moved and its sur­veil­lance cam­era was bro­ken, a se­cret U.S. State Depart­ment cable re­leased by Wik­iLeaks re­vealed Mon­day.

The mes­sage, dated Jan. 9, re­lates the wor­ries of a Ye­meni of­fi­cial, whose name was re­moved, about the un­guarded state of a Na­tional Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion fa­cil­ity. He pushes the U.S. em­bassy to urge his own govern­ment to se­cure the ma­te­rial.

"Very lit­tle now stands be­tween the bad guys and Ye­men's nu­clear ma­te­rial," the of­fi­cial is quoted as say­ing in the cable, which ap­peared on the web­site of the Bri­tish Guardian news­pa­per.

Ye­men, the Arab world's poor­est coun­try, hosts a par­tic­u­larly ac­tive branch of Al-Qaida that has not only re­peat­edly at­tacked the Ye­meni govern­ment but at­tempted sev­eral attacks against the U.S. in­clud­ing last year's failed plot to blow up an air­liner in Detroit on Christ­mas.

On Jan. 7, Ye­meni For­eign Abu Bakr al-Qirbi told the am­bas­sador that "no ra­dioac­tive ma­te­rial was cur­rently stored in Sanaa and that all 'ra­dioac­tive waste' was shipped to Syria."

Ac­cord­ing to the cable, the ra­dioac­tive ma­te­rial was used by lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties for agri­cul­tural re­search, Sanaa hos­pi­tal and by in­ter­na­tional oil com­pa­nies. The fa­cil­ity's lone guard was re­moved on Dec. 30, 2009, re­ported the cable and its sin­gle closed cir­cuit TV cam­era had been bro­ken for the last six months. Ye­meni of­fi­cials could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment on the cable. -Ap

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