The Latest Heinous Twist in the NukeGate Scandal: American Uranium Bricks Smuggled to the Philippines
Wikileaks Links Philippines to Nuclear Smuggling Incident
By Renato Reyes, Jr.
... The US embassy in London said that
“At approximately 1100 hours GMT on 11/20/07, a phone message was received by Post’s Foreign Service National Investigator (FSNI) Unit from a male stating he had information in regard to the sale of Uranium that formerly belonged to the US. He also stated he had previously sent faxes to the Embassy and the CIA, but as yet had not received a response. The source left a contact phone number of: xxxxxxxxxxxx(UK number). At approximately 1200 hours GMT on 11/20/07, the FSNI unit received a phone call from subject, xxxxxxxxxxxx, stating he had worked with divers in the Philippines previously and was recently contacted by them with information that they had found 5-6 Uranium "bricks" at the sight of an underwater wreck. xxxxxxxxxxxx stated his contacts expressed a desire to sell the “bricks” for profit. At approximately 1700 hours GMT on 11/20/07, an unclassified email was received to the RSO Investigation Unit’s mail box from xxxxxxxxxxxx at xxxxxxxxxxxx, Attached to the email were 9 photos of the substance in question. ... "
This is quite alarming. The memo raises a lot of questions on how and why there would be uranium bricks in Philippine territory. We are a country does not allow nuclear weapons, nor do we operate any nuclear power plant, nor do we allow the storage of nuclear material. At least officially, that is.
The nuclear material “formerly belonged” to the US according to the leaked cable.
We can only think of a few American entities in the Philippines that are nuclear-capable. These are the US troops, like those based in Mindanao and elswehere. The question is, what are the US forces doing with nuclear material in our country? Under the VFA, Philippine authorities are not allowed to inspect the warships of the US forces. The US commanders merely issue a general statement certifying the contents of the vehicles. ...
MANILA, Philippines—Militant groups assailed the Department of Foreign Affairs Thursday for "playing dumb, if not being plain dumb" by shrugging off a 2007 report from the US Embassy in London on alleged smuggling of uranium out of the Philippines.
Uranium is a radioactive material used in the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction and generation of electricity, among others.
The Nov. 21, 2007 embassy memo, which was addressed to the US State Department, was released on February 2 by the online whistle-blower WikiLeaks.
The head of the League of Filipino Students, Terry Ridon, said that "for the DFA to shrug off the issue is a clear dereliction of its duty."
Ridon pointed out that
Youth party-list Representative Raymond Palatino said the DFA
He asked the foreign office to "stop speaking in behalf of the Americans."
Renato Reyes Jr., secretary-general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), said the DFA
According to the Bayan leader,
"They can't just shrug it off," Reyes added.
Former party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo said he believes the DFA
The other day, DFA spokesman and Assistant Secretary J. Eduardo Malaya said
"The information in this particular memo is also so raw and unverified," Malaya told the Inquirer.
Earlier, Malaya said
For her part, Rebecca Thompson, spokesperson of the US embassy here, said that