Defense Minister Ben Wallace confirmed that a confidential Defense Ministry (MoD) document found at a bus stop last month was leaked as a result of a mistake rather than a spy.
Wallace told parliamentarians Monday that the treatise had not been compromised by British enemies.
A 50-page paper in Kent on June 22 containing a document on the passage of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender through the waters off Crimea and the possible Russian reaction to the presence of British troops in Afghanistan. The citizen’s bus stop was handed over to the BBC.
MoD said at the time that the loss of documents was reported by employees a week ago.
After investigating the case, Wallace assured Congressman on Monday that “we are confident that we have recovered all secret documents.”
“The investigation found no evidence of espionage and concluded that there was no compromise in the treatise by our enemies,” he said.
According to Mr. Wallace, the survey independently confirmed the situation of loss, such as “management of documents in the department, where the documents were lost, how they occurred, etc.”, and individuals who lost the documents.
Stakeholders have been removed from “sensitive work” and security clearances have been suspended until a full review has been conducted.
“For security reasons, the department will not comment further on the nature of the loss or personal identity,” Wallace added.
Russia said on June 23 that it had fired and dropped a bomb in the path of a British HMS defender near Cape Fiolent, a landmark on the south coast of the Crimea near the port of Sevastopol, the headquarters of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. ..
Britain denied Russia’s allegations that Russians were conducting artillery exercises and were not fired on British warships “innocently passing through Ukrainian waters.”
Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and merged it, considering the area around the peninsula as the Russian waters. Western nations considered the peninsula part of Ukraine and rejected Russia’s claim to the surrounding seas.
PA contributed to this report.