A citizen found nearly 50 pages of classified information from the Ministry of Defense in a wet pile behind a bus stop in Kent, England, on Tuesday, June 22, according to reports in the country’s press.
This person, who did not want to be named, turned to the BBC when he realized the sensitivity of the content.
These documents, which consist of e-mail and PowerPoint presentations, include classified information about the British warship HMS Defender and the military, as well as details of plans for a possible British military presence here after the US-led NATO operation in Afghanistan ends.
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The documents also include confidential documents pertaining to the diplomatic crisis between the two countries, when a Russian plane opened a warning fire on the British warship HMS Defender on the grounds that it violated the border in the Black Sea on 23 June.
“Further comment would be inappropriate,” the Department of Defense said in a statement, stating that an employee reported the loss of sensitive defense documents. expression was used.
On the other hand, opposition Labor MPs described the discovery of highly sensitive information at a bus stop as “a disgrace for ministers as well as alarming”.
The Ministry of Defense announced that an investigation has been launched to investigate the matter.