Our investigate team have uncovered a number of documents this is edition 2 of 11.
These documents confirm that the Nuclear testing program was an experiment and the servicemen were 'Guinea Pigs' and the UK government has been lying for over 60 years to the families.
Our second set of documents discuss the reports produced and the concerns from military personnel.
Was William Penney a genius or was he the first person to start the cover up of records and information that would last over 60 years?
These documents point towards a cover up which started in 1955.
The first document in this series is a telegram on 15th May 1957 from William Penney:
"MAY WE PLEASE HAVE YOUR AUTHORITY TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE ABOUT BUFFALO IN THE OPENLY PUBLISHED ANNUAL REPORT OF 1956/7 OF THE UK ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY. MUCH APPRECIATE IF YOU COULD ANSWER WITHIN A WEEK.
THE AUSTRALIAN SAFETY COMMITTEE MADE A CAREFUL CHECK OF CONDITIONS BEFORE AND AFTER THE FIRING OF EVERY ROUND, AND WERE SATISFIED THAT NO HAZARD TO THE PEOPLE OR STOCK OF AUSTRALIA WAS CAUSED BY ANY OF THE EXPLOSIONS AT MONTEBELLO OR AT MARALINGA"
Maralinga still remains one of the most radio active places on the planet. Yet this statement was issued.
This statement was made 2 years after William Penney wrote to Sir Frederick Brundrett of the Ministry of Defence on 22nd December 1955, in which he states:
"We think that it is likely that the Australians will ask us for filters which have been flown at Mosaic and Buffalo. No doubt they will offer very close security treatment in their Atomic Energy Commission."
"They would not know that fall-out contamination from close in areas is very different from samples obtained from the cloud and they only the latter is sufficiently representative to enable quantitative estimates to be made"
"On balance I am recommending that if they ask us we give them a little piece of the filters, but that we wait a few days so that some of the short-lived key isotopes have decayed a good deal"
The man in charge of our Nuclear testing program is recommending that the UK do not give the Australian government the correct filters to test. What was he afraid of? What did he know? If the UK did accept this and gave incorrect information, then the report published in 1957 is a complete fabrication of the truth.
In 1955, the UK government treated the Australian scientists as idiots, William Penney was prepared to give incorrect samples for testing to the Australian government. Then in 1957, claim that that Maralinga has no hazardous material. We know that Maralinga was the subject of a cleanup and compensation was paid to the indigenous tribes due to the damage caused by the tests. There are areas in Maralinga where you cannot stand due to the levels of radiation.
Dir William Penney knew the level of damage the tests were leaving behind and went to great lengths to ensure that no-one else did, this includes the brave servicemen, their families and the Australian government.