Top-secret government documents divulging Britain’s policy on fighting terrorist financing have been found on a train.
The papers probed drug trafficking and money laundering and analysed how Iran could circumvent international finance rules to procure weapons. The confidential files also outlined how trade and banking systems could be manipulated to finance illicit weapons of mass destruction.
The Independent on Sunday newspaper, which broke the story, revealed how the papers spelt out methods of how to fund terrorists and addressed the potential fraud of commercial websites and internet payment systems.
Treasury officials have so far refused to comment on the mislaid papers but it is the second time in a week that classified documents have gone missing.
Last Wednesday, a senior government official left confidential files discussing the strength of al Qaeda and Iraq’s security forces on a commuter train. There is no suggestion at this stage that the losses are linked.
The government has said it will hold an inquiry into how the al Qaeda documents were mislaid. The official who lost them has been suspended.