British nuclear missile whistleblower turns himself in

William McNeilly hands himself over to authorities after being apprehended at Edinburgh airport

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An engineer from the UK Trident programme which controls the maintenance of the current generation of British nuclear weapons has handed himself into the authorities after he warned the programme was a “disaster waiting to happen.”

William McNeilly claimed that there are vast security concerns over various safety loopholes in the Trident Programme’s nuclear submarine system which have allegedly put the UK in grave risk.

McNeilly, who was initially on the run, is now believed be in the hands of UK authorities after he was apprehended at Edinburgh airport, Scotland.

“We can confirm that AB McNeilly was apprehended last night and is now in the custody of the Royal Navy police at a military establishment in Scotland where he is being afforded the duty of care that we give to all of our people,” A spokeswoman for the Royal Navy said.

The engineer alleges that the missiles on the submarines can be easily accessed by terrorists and that if they get a hold of these powerful missiles, “it would kill our people and destroy our land.”

Enemies of the UK have the “perfect opportunity to send nuclear warheads crashing down on the UK,” he added.

A report released by McNeilly outlines the greatest flaws in the nuclear programme and sheds light on the outdated resources and understaffed team protecting it.

From safety checks to workplace accidents, the simplicity of wiping out a country is noted in the detailed report.

There are also details of muted alarms and regular procedures being avoided as well as classified information kept carelessly.

McNeilly has assured that his claims are valid, saying “My information comes from good sources and I have no reason to lie. If change isn’t made, a nuclear catastrophe almost certainly will happen.”

The Royal Navy has initiated an investigation regarding the allegations. They have released a statement saying ‘’the criticisms are subjective and unsubstantiated.”

TRTWorld and agencies