04:51 GMT26 February 2021
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    Missing Royal Navy engineer William McNeilly, a whistleblower who has revealed safety and security issues within the UK Trident submarine nuclear deterrent program, has been detained, Sky news reported Tuesday, citing its own sources.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Sky News, McNeilly was reportedly detained at Edinburgh Airport, at 10 p.m. local time (21:00 GMT) on Monday.

    Earlier in the day the BBC reported that McNeilly, an engineering technician at Scotland's Faslane naval base in Clyde, turned himself in to police as he returned to the United Kingdom.

    The 25-year-old engineer has revealed Trident security and safety problems in an online report posted by WikiLeaks. In his 18-page document the whistleblower claims that Trident nuclear deterrent security procedures are inadequate and described the overall state of the Trident program as a "disaster waiting to happen."

    McNeilly disappeared after the Royal Navy had launched an official investigation following the disclosure. He was eagerly sought by authorities after failing to report for work at the base last week.

    Speaking to BBC on Monday, McNeilly denied evading arrest and vowed to turn himself in.

    The United Kingdom currently operates four Trident-equipped submarines out of the Faslane area of Scotland, the only facility in the country able to accommodate the ships.

    The renewal of the aging nuclear deterrent program was a hot-button issue prior to the country's general elections on May 7. The winning Conservative Party pledged to renew the Trident.


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