A State Department spokesman called a British newspaper's report that the U.S. offered to disclose British nuclear secrets in order to secure support for the New START treaty "bunk."
The Telegraph reported Saturday that WikiLeaks cables showed the administration agreed to give Russia information about every Trident missile the U.S. supplies to the United Kingdom.
The story claims that Russia used the talks over the treaty, which faced opposition from suspicious Republicans in the Senate before its 11th-hour lame-duck approval, to win agreement for more information about the missile supplies.
"Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with
detailed data about the performance of UK missiles," the Telegraph reports. "The UK refused, but the
US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley issued a "one word response" to the report on Twitter Saturday:
Crowley then tweeted:
The New START treaty went into effect Saturday, with U.S. and Russian officials hailing the pact and impending inspections of each other's nuclear arsenals at the Munich Security Conference.