The British government has agreed to make a statement to parliament this afternoon, after top secret intelligence documents were left on a train. A senior member of the intelligence community has been suspended, after papers about Al-Qaeda were found by a passenger on the train, and handed to the media.
The Opposition Home Affairs spokesman, David Davies MP said: “We have a government here who seems not to be able to keep anything secret, whether it is anti-Al-Qaeda operations or your and my tax records, and it really is a very serious problem. At the end of the day, you can only protect the country if you can do the practical things right”.
Counter-terrorist police have launched an investigation, but the government admitted the intelligence official was authorised to take the file out of his office. The lapse comes as the government squeaked home in a vote on extending the period terror suspects can be held without charge.
Last January, Gordon Brown’s government suffered more humiliation when the Ministry of Defence admitted it had lost a laptop computer containing the personal details of more than 600,000 British military recruits.