Trying to discuss this and not have it sound like a disagreement. Or know it all.
Maybe this example? we were not officially in Laos during vietnam. Did all the men that participated in the action know it? Yes, did the American people, no. Was it common knowledge in vietnam? Maybe some vets can chime in here. But the US stance was that we were not.
This was the review in 2020 to the declassification:
So far, the only NATO countries where the U.S. government has acknowledged that it deployed nuclear weapons are Germany and the United Kingdom, but the details remain secret. The record of the stockpile negotiations also remains classified although archival sources on the Italian negotiations are available (to be discussed in more detail in Part II of this posting).
One of the key issues with the U.S. nuclear presence in Western Europe and U.S. guarantees for European security was the matter of consultations over the fateful problem of nuclear weapons use. This became an especially concerning issue within NATO once the Soviets began developing ballistic missiles. Even with the stockpile system in place, the U.S. still had official control of the weapons and members of NATO’s top decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, wondered whether the U.S. would consult them adequately before making a nuclear use decision.
A never-before-published record of a NAC meeting in October 1960 illustrates the range of concerns about U.S. control of nuclear weapons and consultation with allies in a crisis: whether the U.S. would use the bomb without consultation or whether it would use the bomb in a crisis. A French diplomat argued that France “would not fear the U.S. using atomic weapons, but [feared] that the U.S. might not react.” He also declared that France’s “capability to launch atomic weapons would be pressure on the U.S. to do so.”
Part II of this posting will document developing State Department and congressional concerns about nuclear stockpile arrangements, including the extent to which the United States had “exclusive custody” over the weapons. Concerns about the security of the weapons and the risk of unauthorized use led the new Kennedy administration to halt temporarily U.S. nuclear deployments to NATO forces and to press for the development of Permissive Action Links (PALs) to tighten U.S. control of the weapons.
Another link to many resources on the issue. 19991020
Actual declassified documents: https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/news/19991020/history-of-custody.pdf
Now I am just trying to discuss this, but could you please post some link to your side of the versions that this was well know in the German population. And could you explain why documents would be classified on the subject that you say was well known?
I dont want to go deeper into this, but even the idea of nuclear reactors for energy was a super hot topic and still is in Germany. So please link me to a story touching on this known issue from 85 to earlier.