Jihadist groups may be producing workable bioweapons

In leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, security briefings are detailed that suggest jihadist groups are producing workable and efficient biological weapons that would be capable of killing thousands.

Thousands of classified documents obtained by Wikileaks relate the struggle to stop the proliferation of weapons-grade biological material around the world, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The briefings show that a cache of al-Qaeda documents discovered 2007 in revealed show that the terror group has made far greater advances in producing weapons of bioterrorism than was previously thought.

Agricultural stores of deadly pathogens in Pakistan are thought to be vulnerable to extremists who could use supplies of anthrax and foot and mouth disease to develop biological weapons, the Daily Telegraph reports. Security briefings warn that smallpox and avian flu could be sprayed from aerosol cans into crowded areas.

A growing number of voices at the World Health Assembly have also called into question the security capabilities of the two known facilities in Atlanta and Novosibirsk, Russia, that hold stores of smallpox.

The cables also bring into focus the nuclear threat facing the world by international terrorism, the Daily Telegraph reports. Tomihiro Taniguchi, the deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned America that the world faces the threat of a nuclear version of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.