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Asean Affairs  10 December 2010

WikiLeaks says Myanmar is going nuclear

By  David Swartzentruber
AseanAffairs     10 December 2010

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News leaks from WikiLeaks are becoming an everyday experience and today’s major leaked cable reports rumors of the building of missile and nuclear sites in Myanmar. It is a hot topic on the Internet right now.

However, these rumors have been revealed and documented with photos finished bunkers built in the Myanmar jungle. Some bunkers as large as two football fields – are used for storing secret weapons and equipment to protect them from aerial bombardment.

In June 2010 Burmese journalists with the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) announced they had been gathering information about secret military projects in Myanmar for years.

The Al Jazeera news service aired a documentary on the nuclear development that featured revelations by a former army officer, Sai Thein Win, a former major in Myanmar's army. He said was deputy commander of a highly classified military factory that was the headquarters of the army's nuclear battalion.

The broadcast forced U.S. Senator Jim Webb, Democratic chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs, to cancel his plans to leave for Myanmar, even though at the time he was in Bangkok, getting ready for an imminent departure to Yangon.

So this “old news” is being recycled again by a number of news web sites as though it were “new news.”

These old or new reports continue to keep apprehensions alive about the intentions of the Burmese military and its North Korean connection.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr

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