Hackers this week leaked a private email exchange last year by former Secretary of State Colin Powell discussing Israel's nuclear weapons capability with a friend, saying the country has 200 warheads.
The statement said. 'He like many people believe that there may be a capability and the number 200 has been speculated upon in open sources.' It added: 'This email was written 10 years after he left government and has not received briefings on classified matters.'
However, Powell is not the first top-level U.S. government official to publicly discuss Israel's nukes. Former President Jimmy Carter has said in interviews and speeches that Israel has between 150 and 300 warheads.