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Geointelligence to ensure safe Olympics

Montreal, Canada: Worried about the potential threat of bombs or other “nuclear devices” during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canadian security officials had asked for American geospatial-intelligence to provide surveillance of Vancouver and the surrounding region, reveals a new set of WikiLeaks cables obtained by a Canadian news network.

APTN National News has said that “secret” requests for “military-military assistance” were made by Foreign Affairs officials and the US Embassy in Ottawa to the U.S. Department of Defence in the months leading up to the 2010 Winter Games.

Canadian authorities were also preparing for horrific worst-case scenarios as they asked their American counterparts for potential assistance to help “decontaminate, medically treat and transport mass casualties of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack,” the cables show.

Resources, such as aircraft and helicopters, to transport more than 100 soldiers in case of an emergency were also requested.

“Although unlikely, Canada could potentially face the threat of an improvised or military nuclear device being constructed in, or imported to its national territory. Canada does not currently possess the capability for the rendering safe of a nuclear device,” read one of the diplomatic notes that requested assistance.

Source: www.montrealgazette.com