Wednesday, December 08, 2010

WikiLeaks releases list of sites 'vital to US national security'

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

A list of facilities around the world whose loss would "critically impact" America's ability to defend itself has been published by WikiLeaks, causing anger in the US because of fears it could help terrorists identify potential targets. The document was drawn up by the State Department in February 2009, after all of the country's overseas missions were asked to provide a run-down of critical pieces of local infrastructure.

Hundreds of pipelines, communication hubs and manufacturing plants on several continents were listed, along with some of the planet's largest nuclear and military facilities. Many are in the UK, including several satellite sites and plants owned by BAE Systems.

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