Wikileaks: Obama Gave The Russians Britain’s Nuke Secrets!

“You’re welcome”.

Holy crap.

This UK Telegraph report is absolutely astonishing:

A series of classified messages sent to Washington by US negotiators show how information on Britain’s nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia’s support for the “New START” deal.

Although the treaty was not supposed to have any impact on Britain, the leaked cables show that Russia used the talks to demand more information about the UK’s Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in the US.

Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with detailed data about the performance of UK missiles. The UK refused, but the US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.

Professor Malcolm Chalmers said: “This appears to be significant because while the UK has announced how many missiles it possesses, there has been no way for the Russians to verify this. Over time, the unique identifiers will provide them with another data point to gauge the size of the British arsenal.”

Duncan Lennox, editor of Jane’s Strategic Weapons Systems, said: “They want to find out whether Britain has more missiles than we say we have, and having the unique identifiers might help them.”

While the US and Russia have long permitted inspections of each other’s nuclear weapons, Britain has sought to maintain some secrecy to compensate for the relatively small size of its arsenal.

An earlier Wikileaks cable showed Britain being mocked by a US diplomat over our  “special relationship”:

Richard LeBaron, the US deputy chief of mission, said the obsession with the alliance would “be humorous, if it were not so corrosive”.

He also reported to Washington that it would be “tempting” to take advantage of Britain’s attitude.

There’s nothing funny at all about how the Obama administration is trampling all over our longstanding allies.This is absolutely disgraceful.

I wonder if this news will find its way into the Obama media’s news coverage. (That was a rhetorical question).


Geoff notes that this probably violates Article 3 of the NATO treaty:

Article 3In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack.

See Also:

Ace: What? WikiLeaks: Obama Sold Out UK, Giving Details Of Their Deterrent To Russia, In Order To Induce It To Sign Meaningless START Treaty

But WikiLeaks Is Often Hype… One thing: WikiLeaks doesn’t have all the diplomatic cables. It might be the case (in fact, I’d bet hope it is the case) that the US and UK had a side-deal where the UK blessed this exchange.

So, actually, give this one 24 hours.

But Then… Allies paper things over publicly even in the case of a major breach. Publicly, they say “everything’s cool.’


See Urban Grounds for photoshop: From To Russia With Love.


Via Pirate’s Cove, Nile Gardiner  writes further at the Telegraph that this “astonishing betrayal”  is the most damaging wikileaks relvelation, so far, to the Anglo-American Special Relationship:

The matter is serious enough to merit Congressional hearings in Washington as well as parliamentary hearings in London. It is easy to see why the Obama team refused to allow the US Senate access to the negotiating documents for New START, as they would have sparked outrage on both sides of the Atlantic that would almost certainly have killed the TreatyThe Telegraph report clearly contradicts repeated claims by the Obama negotiating team that no side deals were struck with their Russian counterparts. Not for the first time, the current US administration has been eager to appease America’s enemies while shamelessly undercutting her allies.

Ed Morrissey says the Senate should look into revoking the START TREATY:

This is a disgrace, of course.  Remember when Obama the candidate insisted that he would restore our standing with friends and allies after the supposedly inept diplomacy of the Bush administration?  We do not increase our standing among friends or foes when we stab the former in the back for the sake of the latter.  Instead, we look craven, disloyal, and inept.

Regardless of what Obama thinks of American nuclear deterrents and policy, he has no right to undermine the policies of our closest ally and stalwart friend, especially as they fight with us in Afghanistan.  Congress should immediately investigate this, and if possible the Senate should revoke its ratification of START.


Via Doug Mataconis of Outside The Beltway, the beginnings of a defense from the Obama administration has emerged:

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley has responded to the Telegraph story via Twitter:

Contrary to @TelegraphNews claim, we carried forward requirement to notify #Russia about U.S.-UK nuclear cooperation from the 1991 treaty.

Here is the text of the SALT I treaty. I’m looking through it, right now to see where it says it that the US has to provide Russia with Britain’s nuclear secrets.

Would this be the section that applies?

3. Each Party shall provide to the other Party, in accordance with the Notification Protocol, and, for subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, in accordance with Section III of the Inspection Protocol: [Agreed State 37]

bbbb(a)notifications concerning data with respect to items subject to the limitations provided for in this Treaty, according to categories of data contained in the Memorandum of Understanding and other agreed categories of data; [Agreed State 21]

bbbb(b)notifications concerning movement of items subject to the limitations provided for in this Treaty;

bbbb(c)notifications concerning data on ICBM and SLBM throw-weight in connection with the Protocol on ICBM and SLBM Throw-weight [MOU, Section I] Relating to this Treaty, hereinafter referred to as the Throw-weight Protocol;

bbbb(d)notifications concerning conversion or elimination of items subject to the limitations provided for in this Treaty or elimination of facilities subject to this Treaty;

bbbb(e)notifications concerning cooperative measures to enhance the effectiveness of national technical means of verification;

bbbb(f)notifications concerning flight tests of ICBMs or SLBMs and notifications concerning telemetric information[Launch Notification Agreement]

bbbb(g)notifications concerning strategic offensive arms of new types and new kinds[Agreed State 2]

bbbb(h)notifications concerning changes in the content of information provided pursuant to this paragraph, including the rescheduling of activities;

bbbb(i)notifications concerning inspections and continuous monitoring activities; and

bbbb(j)notifications concerning operational dispersals.

4. Each Party shall use the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers, which provide for continuous communication between the Parties, to provide and receive notifications in accordance with the Notification Protocol and the Inspection Protocol, unless otherwise provided for in this Treaty, and to acknowledge receipt of such notifications no later than one hour after receipt.

Under  notifications concerning movement of items subject to the limitations provided for in this Treaty:

Each Party shall provide to the other Party, pursuant to subparagraph 3(b) of Article VIII of the Treaty, the following notifications concerning movement of items subject to the limitations provided for in the Treaty:

1. notification, no later than 48 hours after its completion, of the transit of non-deployed ICBMs and non-deployed SLBMs; launch canisters that remain after flight tests of ICBMs for mobile launchers of ICBMs; non-deployed mobile launchers of ICBMs; and mobile training launchers. Such notification shall include: the number and type of items involved; the facility from which the items departed; the date of departure; the facility at which the items have arrived; the date of arrival; the mode of transport; and, for each ICBM for mobile launchers of ICBMs, the data from the unique identifier;

It’s worth noting that Russia violated the START I treaty from beginning to end:

On Russia’s START violations, the report stated: “Notwithstanding the overall success of START implementation, a number of long-standing compliance issues that were raised in the START Treaty’s Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission (JCIC) remained unresolved when the Treaty expired on December 5, 2009.”

It’s galling that the Obama administration would go against an ally’s wishes, and provide Russia with serial numbers of their weapons, when you know that Russia would never return the favor.


Wolf Howling weighs in:

…the administration is now indicating, this is just a carryover of the notification provisions of START 1. But Britain was not a signatory to START 1 and their nuclear weapons, regardless of where they are being held, are not subject to “limits” of START.

Jake Tapper reports:

A knowledgeable source with the British government, speaking anonymously because his government has a policy of not commenting on Wikileaks, says his understanding of the policy conforms with that asserted by the State Department.

Captain Ed updates with:

Just FYI, here’s the part of the memo leaked by Wikileaks, emphasis mine:

10. (S) Orlov asked about the U.S. practice of transferring Trident II missiles to the United Kingdom (UK) in reference to the Russian-proposed agreed statement on the subject. Trout pointed out that most of the provisions contained in the proposed agreed statement were already covered by other sections of the treaty. He noted that notifications existed for the transfer and return of missiles to and from a third party. Additionally, he pointed out, the Russian Federation will receive unique identifiers for each of the missiles transferred to the UK, which was more information than was disclosed under START. Trout acknowledged that the proposal to send a notification of a UK flight test was not covered under START nor had it been included as part of this treaty but argued that this was the flight test of a missile owned by a third country. He said the United States had no legal responsibility for such a notification. Trout said he assumed the UK would send a notice to mariners and airmen prior to any flight test.

So yes, they got notified under the earlier START protocols of transfers of nuclear weapons — but they didn’t get the unique identifiers, which would quantify and specify the number of weapons transferred.  That’s what the British refused to accept, and apparently what we agreed to do anyway.

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Friday Free-For-All

photo credit Reuters

The situation in Egypt is complex, but the more I hear about what is going on over there, especially some of  the forces that seem to be behind the uprising, the more apprehensive I become. If the Muslim Brotherhood is given a role to play in the new government, as the Obama administration has suggested, instead of being outlawed like they were under Mubarak, I don’t see that as positive “change”.

The Washington Times reports: Muslim Brotherhood seeks end to Israel treaty:

A political leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Thursday called on any government that replaces Hosni Mubarak’s regime to withdraw from the 32-year-old peace treaty with Israel.

“After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel,” Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader of the outlawed movement, said on Japan’s NHTV.

James Simpson at The American Thinker: We Are Witnessing the Collapse of the Middle East

If Egypt should fall, it will mark the beginning of the end for what little remaining stability there is in the Middle East.  Jordan is facing similar unrest, as are Algeria and Yemen.  Lebanon and Tunisia fell in January.  It is highly unlikely that these events are unrelated.  A combination of leftist and Islamist forces provoked the protests, and we are likely looking at a ring of radical Islamic states rising up to surround Israel.  Once their power is solidified, perhaps in a year or two, they will combine forces to attack Israel.  If Israel falls, the United States will stand alone in a sea of virulent enemies and impotent allies.

So whom does Obama support, Mubarak or his enemies?

Obama wasted no time in telling us.  He supports Mubarak’s opponents, and he probably has been all along.  The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that the Obama administration favors a role for the Muslim Brotherhood in a new Egyptian government.
The Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest extremist Muslim organization, is behind practically every Muslim terrorist organization ever formed.  And while they may have publicly renounced violence as the LA Times article claims,internal documents
And if that weren’t bad enough, Obama’s latest comment to Egypt’s leader is that “an orderly transition … must begin now.”
Must begin.  Now.
Simply stunning.

Juxtapose Obama’s statements toward our allies with his reaction to the genuine uprising that occurred last year in Iran. Tunisia: “Reform or be overthrown.” Egypt: “an orderly transition … must begin now.” Iran: “It is not productive … to be seen as meddling.”

Atlas Shrugs: Sandmonkey Arrested, Beaten, Released

I have known the Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey for as long as I have been blogging. He’s a good guy. I did a great interview with him here in 2007 and when he quit blogging here. He said at the time back in 2007:

SANDMONKEY:Any kind of democratic reform in the country [Egypt] for the past 3 years has been rolled back specifically because there is no more pressure coming from Washington anymore.”

ATLAS: Why? What happened to the pressure in Washington?

SANDMONKEY: You know what happened to the pressure in Washington. The Democrats won the Congress. There is no more pressure coming from Bush because he is not able to push people anymore to do those things. He is not able to push the Egyptian government anymore because the American public is suddenly not interested in reforming the Middle  East because of what’s going on in the Iraq. So suddenly the Egyptian government is not afraid of the American pressure. They are doing whatever they want to do. They are beating up demonstrators, they are cracking down on activists, they are changing the constitution, and eroding civil liberties once and for all and they are using proxies to take down bloggers.

Read the whole thing.

NRO, The Corner: Coptic Christians Killed in Egypt

NRO, The Corner: Copts Fear for Their Future Post-Mubarak, Despite What Obama May Be Hearing

Jonah Goldberg: The Orwellian Absurdity of the Middle East

I don’t have any profound point to make, but I just think it is fascinating how the Iranian regime can celebrate the popular protests in Egypt without a trace of humility or embarrassment. I know all the explanations for why this is so (or at least most of them). What I would love to have a better grasp on is how the various Muslim and Arab “streets” see such hypocrisy.

I wonder the same thing.

Aaron Klein: Obama pals provoked Egypt chaos

Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter, Human Events: The Egyptian Crisis: Lost Horizon (The Sequel)

Within the legitimate popular protests to oust the Iranian autocrat, an American administration analyzed the allegedly radical element as “… better organized [and] enlightened … than its detractors would lead us to believe [and could] produce something more closely approaching Westernized democratic processes than might be at first apparent.”  As historian Abbas Milani dryly noted, “a more misguided reading of what Khomeini stood for is hard to imagine.”

Keep reading.

Live Action is keeping Media Matters busy, I see.  I wonder how much those vermin get payed to defend the indefensible. Grown men, fathers even – defending PP’s facilitation of child trafficking.  How do they sleep at night?:

Kathryn Jean Lopez: Breaking: Another Day, Three More Live Action Videos:

In a Falls Church, Va., Planned Parenthood clinic, a worker tells him, “We don’t necessarily look at the legal status, like I said. Abortion appointments do require photo ID. It’s nothing as far as records. It’s just photo ID that’s ever going to be required.”

In a Roanoke clinic, a worker suggests he consider going to the Health Department instead of taking girls to her clinic. It’s cheaper and easier to hide what’s going on. She tells him: “They’re discreet. They’re confidential. They, you know, don’t tell people what’s going on, because — frankly — it’s nobody’s business.”

The sex trafficking of children is nobody’s business?

Once again in Charlottesville, a worker assures: “Anybody here can help you. Everything here is confidential. We can’t give any information out.”

Perth Amboy wasn’t a fluke. Planned Parenthood has an institutional problem here.

Oh, would you look at this – OH MY GOSH, but these guys are such pathetic losers:

Dan Loesch, Big Journalism: JOURNOLIST 2.0: Soros Sites Hold Con Call To Map Strategy for Planned Parenthood Defense:

The majority of the call was spent discussing ways to discredit Rose because of her funding. They surmise that some group which donates to her pro-life magazine is a group donated to by a group given money by the Koch Brothers. So says people who just cashed a $1 million-dollar check from George Soros.

You know why the right doesn’t hold conference calls to to “map strategies”? Because the truth is easy.

Da TechGuy asks:

Since what was done on the tapes clearly stepped over the line, why not just express outrage, and urge Planned Parenthood to be more careful in the future in such cases?

Because you can’t undermine western civilization without undermining life.

Red State: Christie Vetoes Planned Parenthood Funding, Calls for Investigation

Dan Riehl at Big Government: Common Cause Can’t Distance Itself From Hateful Rhetoric

Common Cause is the organization that sponsored the shockingly vile anti-Koch-Bros rally in California, last weekend. Bad behavior at conservative rallies is rare –  the exception, while at lefty rallies, it is the rule. As is always the case with the left, when they accuse their opponents of racism, and other nastiness, we are witnessing the projection of their own pathologies onto us.

Yid With Lid: Anatomy of a Smear- How Media Matters Exploits Fake Bigotry To Protect George Soros.

Short version: More lefty projection. It’s what they do!

AIM: Media Gives Schumer a Pass While Attacking Palin and Bachman

…Because Schumer is so darn schmart.

Great News at Uncoverage: Climate Justice [Finally] in California: Judge Faults AB 32 “Cap and Trade” Law:

This is UNBELIEVABLE , SURPRISING, AND VERY GOOD NEWS for the California economy.  The state’s unfortunate nod to global warming nuttery, AB32, the first-in-the-country state “cap and trade” law, has been scheduled to take effect this year, but it has been PUT ON HOLD. San Francisco….Go figure!!

Michelle Malkin: The Interior Department’s culture of contempt:

Oops, they did it again. President Obama’s grabby-handed environmental bureaucrats have earned yet another spanking from the federal judiciary over their “determined disregard” of the rule of law. Isn’t it time to give these misbehaving government hooligans a permanent timeout?

Federal judge Martin Feldman in Louisiana excoriated the Obama Interior Department Wednesday for defying his May 2010 order to lift its groundless ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Nine months later, not a single permit has been issued. Several deepwater platforms have moved out of the area to take their businesses — and an estimated 5,000 jobs — overseas. Billions of dollars in potential oil revenue and Gulf lease sales-related rent have also dried up.

Michelle Malkin: Obama EPA to Shell: Screw you

Commentary: How to Understand Rush Limbaugh

Long, but well worth your while.

I find The View to be 99% unwatchable, but this here is that other 1%: DeSean Jackson on “The View” Helping a Bullied Kid

Funny: Allen West responds to a “serious question” via The Shark Tank :

And it looks like congrats are in order:

2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year-EL Sharko!

Ace: Obama Botches Bible Quote; Media Matters Botches Defense

Hey Soros, are you sure your money is being well-spent?

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and Pirate’s Cove, thanks!


Transparency Fail: CDC Conceals “Abortion Surveillance Report”

I mentioned this story in an update to my Live Action VA/ Planned Parenthood post, yesterday. In case you missed it, Red State’s discovery that the Obama administration is deliberately concealing nationwide abortion statistics, merits your attention. For reasons known only to themselves, for the first time in 40 years, the CDC’s annual “Abortion Surveillance Report” was not published, and there are “no plans for them to come out anytime soon”.

Last year, contrary to the long-established practice, November came and went with no report posted on the CDC’s website. Over the following weeks, multiple visits to the site proved fruitless. The possibility the report was not merely delayed, but had in fact been axed from higher up, had to be considered.

Last week, RedState began investigating by calling those in DC who might have some answers. After several attempts, we finally received confirmation from Rhonda Smith at the CDC’s press office in Atlanta that the report has been buried indefinitely; the CDC “will not have stats available at any time in the near future” and there “are no plans for them to come out any time soon.” This call took place on Jan. 27th, and we asked Ms. Smith for a reason that the report wouldn’t be issued anymore. She promised to check around and find out if there was any reason given and get back to us – as of the date of this posting, we have received no further communication from her office.

This revelation is nothing short of shocking. Most of the leg work for this study is actually done by Guttmacher – all it costs the CDC is some manpower to assemble the statistics and write up the report. In the overall scope of the CDC’s budget, this report barely even registers. So what is the CDC trying to hide? The only reasonable conclusion to be drawn here is that someone higher up has made the decision to actively eliminate the only official report on abortion statistics in the country, just because they don’t want abortion being talked about.

Freshman Rep Vickie Hartzler(MO-4), released a statement, yesterday:

“This is the epitome of hypocrisy being exhibited by the Obama Administration as it hides facts and figures on abortion while claiming to want more transparency in government. This is a pattern that has become all too common with the Obama Administration, ranging from its distortion of the facts on taxpayer funding of abortions under ObamaCare to manipulated information to support repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. It is time for the Obama White House to put a stop to its disregard for openness in government and to end its practice of distorting data for blatantly political purposes.”

More congressmen are weighing in, today.

Senator Tom Coburn is demanding a response from former KS Gov., who was a friend and donation recipient of the controversial late term abortionist, the late Dr. Tiller, HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius which you can download here (warning, .pdf).

RedState also heard from Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX), who issued this statement:

“It strikes me as convenient for the Obama Administration that states are not required to provide data to the federal government on the number of abortions performed each year. It makes it easier to hide the amount of federal funds that go to abortion providers and robs taxpayers of a genuine accounting of the number of abortions performed annually, some by groups that receive federal tax dollars.

“In a GAO report that I requested – one that was completed after years of ignoring other Congressional requests – GAO determined that during a period of 7 years, almost one billion U.S. tax dollars were spent by groups that promote or perform abortions. I urge the President to stand behind his commitment to ensuring scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda and instruct the CDC to complete the report.”

See RedState reports for full story.


LifeNews: Kansas Landlord Sues to Stop New Abortion Practitioner:

An abortionist in training, with a sketchy background, (improper relationships with patients), is trying to set up shop in Wichita, against the wishes of the citizenry.

A landlord has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a new abortion practitioner from setting up shop in Wichita, Kansas to replace late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.

Mila Means has reportedly purchased abortion equipment from the now-closed Women’s Health Care Services formerly operated by Tiller and plans to begin doing abortions on Saturdays at her medical office near East Harry and Webb Road in Wichita.

A large group of local pro-life advocates have already protested the opening of a new abortion business and pro-life groups have exposed very recent and troubling personal problems of Means and Gregory Linhardt, who is also planning to do abortions in the large central Kansas city.Now, Foliage Development, Inc., landlord of a local business park, has sued Means and obtained a temporary order blocking her from starting a new abortion business in her current office. Means is currently in training once a month at Aid for Women abortion center in Kansas City to learn how to do abortions.

Read the full report.