A recently released — and then deleted — document from a NATO committee has sparked headlines in Europe with an official confirmation of a long-held open secret: U.S. nuclear weapons are being stored in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.
The Washington Post reported that the document by a Canadian senator for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly detailed the future of the organization’s nuclear deterrence policy but accidentally exposed the locations of US nuclear weapons.
The document titled “A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, arms control and allied nuclear forces” was originally published in April without making waves. On July 16, a Belgian newspaper published a copy of the document featuring the locations of about 150 U.S. nuclear weapons.
“These bombs are stored at six US and European bases — Kleine Brogel in Belgium, Büchel in Germany, Aviano and Ghedi-Torre in Italy, Volkel in The Netherlands, and Incirlik in Turkey.”
The final version of the report was reportedly published last week that did not have any specific references to where the nukes are stored.
NATO officials already claimed that the document featuring US nuclear weapons locations was not official. However, these late attempts to hide the widely-known data will not likely succeed.
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