Trident whistleblower seen at Portsmouth naval base

Navy weapons technician William McNeilly, who blew the whistle on safety and security flaws in Trident submarines, is apparently being held in Portsmouth
Navy weapons technician William McNeilly, who blew the whistle on safety and security flaws in Trident submarines, is apparently being held in Portsmouth
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  • Photo of Trident whistleblower posted to Facebook
  • Image apparently shows the Royal Navy seaman at Portsmouth base
  • Thousands call on David Cameron to pardon William McNeilly
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A NAVY weapons technician who blew the whistle on safety and security flaws in Trident submarines is apparently being held in Portsmouth.

A photo of the whistleblower, Able Seaman William McNeilly, 25, was posted on Facebook by user Craig Davies after he was seen at HMS Nelson naval base.

Whatever happens, don’t worry about me; I’ll be alright.

William McNeilly

The Scottish Sunday Herald reported McNeilly surrendered himself to naval police at Edinburgh Airport after making the claims about the nuclear subs in an 18-page report.

A Royal Navy spokesman told the Herald McNeilly was not in custody but was required to stay at a military establishment until an investigation had been carried out.
The spokesman said the investigation ‘will inform a decision as to the requirement for further criminal or disciplinary investigation by the police’.

‘It is too early to comment any further.’

McNeilly’s report condemned the security around the subs.

He wrote that there had been: ‘A blazing inferno beside the missile and firing units, covered up crash that nearly took down a boat, numerous floods, numerous fires, hundreds of people bringing unchecked bags etc down the boat every week and walking straight past nuclear missiles, IDs not being checked for facial recognition.’

McNeilly announced on Facebook that he was going to turn himself in, saying: ‘My motives are clearly to protect the people and land.

‘Whatever happens, don’t worry about me – I’ll be alright.’

Scottish National Party foreign affairs spokesperson Alex Salmond will lead a debate about Trident in the Commons on Thursday.

More than 6,700 people have signed a petition on change.org calling for David Cameron to pardon McNeilly.