UK finishes investigation of loss of classified documents about HMS Defender

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is established that the incident is not a result of the espionage
09:07, 20 July 2021


The Ministry of Defence of the UK has finished the investigation of the incident tied with the finding of the classified documents about the British HMS Defender at the bus stop. The ministry stated that the incident is not the result of the espionage as Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace stated.

“The investigation has independently confirmed the circumstances of the loss, including the management of the papers within the Department, the location at which the papers were lost and the manner in which that occurred,” he said.

Related: Russia says it fires warning shots at British HMS Defender near Crimea

The ministry noted that the investigation did not find evidence of espionage and made a conclusion that “there has been no compromise of the papers by our adversaries”. The individual concerned has been removed from sensitive work and has already had their security clearance suspended pending a full review.

The ministry refused further comments due to safety issues.

Related: Incident in Black Sea: HMS Defender captain claims Russian Navy vessel fired warning shots

As we reported, classified Ministry of Defence documents containing details about HMS Defender and the British military were found at a bus stop in Kent. The documents, almost 50 pages in all, were found in a soggy heap behind a bus stop in Kent. One set of documents discusses the likely Russian reaction to the ship's passage through Ukrainian waters off the Crimea coast on Wednesday. Another detail plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan after the US-led Nato operation there ends.

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