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Monday, December 27, 2010

Wikileaks cable: Israel destroyed Syrian nuke reactor

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice sent a cable to US embassies around the World informing them that Israel had destroyed Syria's al-Kibar nuclear reactor, according to a cable to be released by Wikileaks.
The cable, which has not yet been published, was reported by the Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot before its official publication on the website.

The document sent was sent on April 25, 2008, by Rice, then secretary of state. It read, in part, "On September 6, 2007, Israel destroyed a nuclear reactor Syria was clandestinely constructing, we judge with North Korean assistance."

The cable includes detailed information about the attack and is the first official confirmation of the attack, Yediot reported.

"I want to inform you that the purpose of that Israeli mission was to destroy a clandestine nuclear reactor that Syria was constructing in its eastern desert near a place we call al-Kibar," Rice wrote. "The Israeli mission was successful - the reactor was damaged beyond repair. Syria has completed efforts to clean up the site and destroy evidence of what was really there, constructing a new building on the old site."

The document confirms that Israel and the United States collaborated on intelligence for the mission. "The US intelligence community conducted an intensive, months-long effort to confirm and corroborate the information Israel provided us on the reactor and to gather more details from our own sources and methods," Rice wrote.

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At 4:28 PM, Blogger Michael Travis said...

The U.S. did NOT "cooperate" with Israel, in fact, after considering Olmert's request, the Bush administration made it perfectly clear that they wanted no part in attacking a "Sovereign nation"


Also....Condi's cable was sent in 2008, the Israeli operation took place in 2007.

Israel stands alone.


At 5:08 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

The cable clearly states that the US was involved, that the US made a months long investigation into the reactor to corroborate the Israeli story - prior to the mission.

How on earth does something Reuters picked up from Bush's memoirs disprove all this?


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