Daily Mail: Israel has '200 nukes all pointed at Iran', former US secretary of state Colin Powell says in leaked private email that has Washington on edge
* The detail is the latest revelation to emerge from a cache of leaked communications
* The former US secretary of state revealed the information in an email he sent to a colleague last year
* Israel has a policy of nuclear ambiguity and has never talked openly about the type or size of its weapons
* The email was being sent to business partner and democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds regarding Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress
In a private email exchange last year leaked this week by hackers, former Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed Israel's nuclear weapons capability with a friend, saying the country has 200 warheads.
Though Israel is widely believed to have developed nukes decades ago, it has never declared itself to be a nuclear state. The existence of its weapons program is considered classified information by both the Israeli and U.S. governments.
Powell, a retired Army general who has served as White House national security adviser and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Associated Press on Friday through a spokeswoman he was referring to public estimates of Israel's nukes.
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