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March 2, 2021

WikiLeaks: Romania linked to delivery of banned equipment to Iran

A telegram sent by the US State Department in February 2008 cal­led on the US Embassy in Berlin to approach the host Government, as­king for details in reference to a piece of equipment needed by the Iranian ballistic program, which a Ger­man firm was proposing to send to Iran, in 2007, via an interme­diary in Croatia, Romania or Russia. The beneficiary of the said equipment – a climatic test chamber – is the Shakid Bakeri Industrial Group, the Iranian missile developer. The name of the German firm which intended to send the piece of equipment is not revealed in the telegram posted on the WikiLeaks website, Hotnews reports. According to the American source, the German firm wished to avoid restrictions imposed by Berlin on deliveries of equipment necessary for Iran’s military program. The telegram hints at the existence of an intermediary in Romania, who may deliver the material, without acknowledging the final beneficiary was Iran, but gives not further information about the intermediary, nor does it set explicitly the route that the equipment was to follow.

The document mentions, subsequently, another intermediary in Croatia had made a bid for the test chamber, which was supposed to be delivered, via Croatia, to the United Arab Emirates, and then to Iran. In May 2008, several months after the American request, another telegram, sent by the US Embassy in Berlin to the US State Depar­tment, mentions the inquiries addressed by the German side to the Americans. The German au­thorities wished to know whether, in the case of the equipment purchased by Iran “via Romania and Croatia”, the German company was aware the final beneficiary was Iran. The telegram sent by the US Embassy makes reference to several other communications which could provide details regarding the equipment transfer, but these have not been published by the WikiLeaks website.


A long list of key facilities around the world that the US des­cribes as vital to its national security has been released by WikiLeaks, BBC News reported. In February 2009 the State Department asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically affect US national security. The list includes pipelines, communication and transport hubs. Several UK sites are listed, including cable locations, satellite sites and BAE Systems plants.

Former UK Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind condemned the move. “This is further evidence that they have been generally irresponsible, bordering on criminal,” Sir Malcolm said.


Meanwhile, Australia’s attorney general said Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would be allowed to return to his homeland, and has the same protections any other Australian citizen would, CNN reported. Attor­ney General Robert McClelland’s comments came in response to Assange’s assertion last week that McClelland and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard “have made it clear that not only is my return impossible, but that they are actively working to assist the United States government in its attacks on myself and our people. On Sunday, WikiLeaks ap­pealed to supporters worldwide to mirror its website, saying the site “is under heavy attack. In order to make it impossible to ever fully remove WikiLeaks from the Internet, we need your help.” In a tweet sent on the microblogging site Twitter Sunday night, WikiLeaks said it had 355 mirror sites.


Also Sunday, Assange asked United States President Barack Obama to resign over the allegation of US officials’ spying on leaders of United Nations. The diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks had exposed that Secretary of the State, Hillary Clinton, asked US officials to spy on UN leaders and to collect biometric details about UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon.

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