Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021
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No Compromise of Leaked Defence Papers by Adversaries: UK Defence Secretaryon July 19, 2021 at 3:35 pm

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Classified Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents found at a bus stop last month were leaked as a result of a mistake, not espionage, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has confirmed. Wallace told MPs on Monday that the papers had not been compromised by the UK’s adversaries. The 50-pages of papers, including documents relating to the likely reaction of the Russians to the passage of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender through waters off the coast of Crimea and to the UK military presence in Afghanistan, were found in a soggy heap at a bus stop in Kent on June 22 by a member of the public, who handed them to the BBC. The MoD said at the time that the loss of the documents had been reported by an employee the week prior. After an investigation into the incident, Wallace assured MPs on Monday, “We are confident that we have recovered all …

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