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'All it takes is a fake ID to access the nukes': Trident whistleblower William McNeilly

Published 26/02/2016

Submarine fears: William McNeilly
Submarine fears: William McNeilly
Arrest: William McNeilly
Report: William McNeilly

Royal Navy submarine engineer turned Trident whistle-blower and Northern Ireland man William McNeilly has broken his silence over the security measures at the Trident Nuclear base at the Faslane Naval base, Scotland.

McNeilly explains, for the first time since he narrowly escaped jail for speaking out, his eye witness account of security around the nuclear weapons systems in Scotland on Russia Today UK.

The Co Antrim man says he's "no Edward Snowden" in relation to the American whistleblower who revealed details of information the American government collects.

"I was concerned for our security not our privacy," he told RT and explained how hundreds of IDs go missing each year and that it only takes one to access top secret locations.

“You don’t even need your Dolphins, you don’t even need to be part of the Navy, any logical thinking person, anyone with half a functioning brain cell can understand the risks," he said.

McNeilly explains why he came forward, and reasserts his patriotism, and belief that the Royal Navy is still the “worlds’ greatest,” but believes the people and the land do not come first.

Able Seaman William McNeilly went absent without leave in May 2015 after producing an 18-page report containing a series of allegations about the Trident submarines based at Faslane on the Clyde.

He was stopped at Edinburgh Airport and held by Royal Navy Police at a military establishment in Scotland.

The Newtownabbey man's report alleged 30 safety and security flaws on the submarines, describing them as a '"disaster waiting to happen''.

In his report, which was published online and also sent to newspapers and journalists, Mr McNeilly says he is an engineering technician submariner who has been on patrol with the Trident submarine HMS Victorious.

He claimed there were fire risks and leaks on board and security checks were rarely carried out when they were docked at the Faslane base.

He also alleged that alarms were muted because they went off so often, missile safety procedures were ignored and top-secret information was left unguarded.

Mr McNeilly said he raised concerns with senior officers but decided to publish his claims because they were ignored.

An MoD spokesman, at the time, said: "The Royal Navy disagrees with McNeilly's subjective and unsubstantiated personal views but we take the operation of our submarines and the safety of our personnel extremely seriously and so continue to fully investigate the circumstances of this issue."

McNeilly said he was later given a "dishonourable discharge" and that he refused to sign a document discrediting his allegations which would have led to an earlier release from the service.

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