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Wikileaks illegal and dangerous: Nato

Nato is condemning the release by Wikileaks of diplomatic cables detailing the deployment of US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

world Updated: Dec 01, 2010 01:09 IST

Nato is condemning the release by Wikileaks of diplomatic cables detailing the deployment of US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

Nato spokeswoman Oana Lungescu on Tuesday described the leaks as “illegal and dangerous”.

Leaked US cables show that most of about 200 US tactical nuclear bombs still left in Europe are based in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey. The four nations have been long suspected of hosting the warheads, but Nato and the governments involved have always refused to confirm this.

The B-61 bombs, America’s oldest nuclear weapons, date back to the 1950s. They were part of US’s effort to demonstrate a commitment to Nato’s defence during the Cold War.