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U.S intelligence pulls Iraqi atom bomb website 2006-11-03 21:52:04

    BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- Two days after announcing a top secret intelligence community website named "Intellipedia" the United States' top intelligence official took down a government website featuring captured Iraqi documents after concern was voiced it may provide too much information about how to make atomic bombs.

    In a statement Thursday night, a spokesman for National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said his office has suspended public access to the website "pending a review to ensure its content is appropriate for public viewing."

    "While strict criteria had already been established to govern posted documents, the material currently on the website, as well as the procedures used to post new documents, will be carefully reviewed before the site becomes available again," said Negroponte's spokesman, Chad Kolton.

    The website, which contains Saddam Hussein-era documents, was pulled after The New York Times raised questions about the contents of the government site, called the “Operation Iraqi Freedom Document Portal."

    The Times’website reported Thursday night that weapons experts say documents posted on the government site in recent weeks provide dangerous details about Iraq's covert nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

    After urging from Republican members of Congress, Negroponte's office ordered the unprecedented release of millions of pages of Iraqi documents last March. Most of the documents were in Arabic and had been collected by the U.S. government over more than a decade.

    The information had been posted gradually on public Internet servers run by the military until this week. Negroponte's office said the U.S. government had made no determination regarding the authenticity of the documents, their factual accuracy or the quality of any translations.


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