Secret Russian radioactive doomsday torpedo leaked on television
Secret plans for a Russian long-range nuclear torpedo came to light after a state television cameraman filmed over a senior officer’s shoulder with a diagram on show.
The scheme involves the use of massive doses of radiation to render large areas of enemy coastlines uninhabitable and appeared on TV during a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
The images were quickly removed by Russia’s state owned broadcasters, apparently after censors intervened, but not before they were broadcast across the country and picked up by sharp-eyed YouTube users.
“It's true some secret data got into the shot, therefore it was subsequently deleted," said Dmitry Peskov, the Russian president's press secretary. “In future we will undoubtedly take preventive measures so this does not happen again.”
The screen shot shows a general studying a page headlined “Oceanic Multipurpose System 'Status-6'", and attributed to the St. Petersburg-based Rubin design bureau – the same office that has produced many of Russia’s most modern nuclear submarines.