Leaked diplomatic cables published in a Romanian newspaper show U.S. officials believed the Romanian government would struggle to cope with an accident at a nuclear plant.
The government could not handle a radioactive leak at the Cernavoda plant in eastern Romania despite official assurances that safety measures were adequate, according to the cable dated Jan. 28, 2009, and published Monday in the Jurnalul National daily.
U.S. embassy officials say in the cable there are only seven members of a team that trains only once a month to handle emergencies _ too few to take care of a leak.
The newpaper is a media partner of the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism. The center has signed an agreement with the secret-spilling site, WikiLeaks, to release 1,027 U.S. cables about Romania.