FBI found documents on nuclear weapons at Mar-a-Lago, Washington Post claims

A report by the Washington Post, published Tuesday night on the newspaper’s website and then in its Wednesday print edition, provides additional details about the nuclear weapons information it previously claimed had been found during the FBI search of ex-President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Police direct traffic outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday, August 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. [AP Photo/Terry Renna]
Under the headline “Material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago,” the article claimed: “A document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found by FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and private club last month, according to people familiar with the matter, underscoring concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about classified material stashed in the Florida property.”

The Post said that it had not been told what foreign country the information related to, and it is not clear whether this was a US ally like Israel, which possesses an unacknowledged nuclear arsenal of hundreds of weapons, as well as an anti-missile system, or whether it was a country targeted by US imperialism, such as Russia or China.

The article went on to claim: “Some of the seized documents detail top-secret U.S. operations so closely guarded that many senior national security officials are kept in the dark about them. Only the president, some members of his Cabinet or a near-Cabinet-level official could authorize other government officials to know details of these special-access programs …”

Like many such articles published by the Post and the New York Times, as part of the bitter conflict within the US ruling elite that has raged ever since Trump became the Republican candidate for president in 2016, there were no named sources of any kind. Only “people familiar with the matter” and “people familiar with the search”—all obviously people within the intelligence apparatus and the Justice Department—were said to have provided the information reported by the newspaper, and the Post said they “spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive details of an ongoing investigation.”

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