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WikiLeaks - United States - U. S. Empire Secret Shopping List

WikiLeaks - United States - U. S. Empire Secret Shopping List

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Published by: Ljiljana Tatic on Dec 07, 2010
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United States - U. S. Empire SecretShopping List
WikiLeaks Staff, 5 December 2010, 21.00 GMT 
 US diplomats were asked to secretly gather intelligence onthe status – and vulnerabilities – of critical infrastructure andkey resources in their host countries, new material from theEmbassy Cables has revealed.The cable, sent on the 18 February 2009 and released byWikiLeaks today, contains the first version of the CriticalForeign Dependencies Initiative “Critical Infrastructure & KeyResources” list. It contains all overseas sites considered to beof critical importance to the US government. It details a longlist of often obscure facilities around the world that the USperceives to be vital inputs to its operations, with a particular focus on war-fighting.Facilities such as the Nadym Gas Pipeline Junction inRussia are included, described as “the most critical gas facilityin the world”. MacTaggart Scott in Scotland is listed as “criticalto the Ship Submersible Nuclear” while Yemen’s Bab al-Mendeb is a “critical supply chain node”.Embassy staff are asked to provide basic information onany facilities they feel should be added to the list, in additionto “any information Post has regarding conditions in countrycausing Post to believe the CI/KR [Critical Infrastructure / KeyResources] is an active target or especially vulnerable due tonatural circumstances”. In a further blow to State departmentdenials that its embassy officials participate in intelligence-gathering activities, the cable notes “posts are
beingasked to consult with host governments with respect to thisrequest.”The cable containing the Qatari Embassy’s response to thisrequest, sent on 26 March 2009, shows the detailed

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