Powell in hacked email: Israel has 200 nukes, enough to deter Iran
According to an email that Russian hackers leaked this week, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote that Iran would never use a nuclear weapon if it was able to develop one, because “The boys in Tehran known Israel has 200 nukes and we have thousands. This firepower would deter any Iranian action,” he is alleged to have written by Hacker group DCLeaks, which has reported links to Russian intelligence.
Powell was referring to the speech Binyamin Netanyahu delivered to the US Congress in an effort to prevent the signing of the nuclear deal with Iran.
Israel has always been ambiguous about its nuclear arsenal. DEBKAfile: This was not the first American estimate of this kind, but it is the first time a senior political and military personage, who was certainly privy to US intelligence on the subject, is quoted as saying that Israel has 200 nuclear warheads..