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Secrets at the bus station .. The British man who left documents about his army in Kabul

A controversy has erupted between the United States and Britain over Washington’s fears that secret information about locations in the south of Afghanistan could be leaked.

Sources told the British newspaper The Times that the secret locations of British Special Forces soldiers in Kabul were in secret documents left by a government employee at the bus station.

Angus Lapsley, 52, described himself as a “diplomat” in the Foreign Office and provoked a row across the Atlantic in June by taking home a stack of papers, the British newspaper reported.

One source said that the Americans were “angry” at the fear that the violation might threaten the lives of elite American soldiers in various positions in the British.

Documents containing at least one document labeled “UK Secret Eyes Only” are said to include the actual number of soldiers in positions around Kabul. Such documents are not permitted to be taken from government buildings unless the exit route is properly registered and secured.

Lapsley, who was Britain’s ambassador to NATO before the crash, returned to the Foreign Office after being re-appointed to the Ministry of Defense for a second time.

The Times reports that it is not clear why he was not charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. During the trial his security clearance was suspended and he was removed from important duty.

According to his LinkedIn account, Lapsley has been a diplomat in the Foreign Office since August, earning up to £ 125,000 as director general of defense ministry strategy.

His Twitter account is linked to a government website about the British mission to the EU. The State Department has refused to release his last work.

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The ministry declined to comment on whether he had suffered any repercussions, whether his security clearance had been revoked or why the police were not involved.

Colonel Simon Dickens, a former military liaison to the British embassy in Kabul, said information about the whereabouts of special forces was generally highly sensitive. Special Forces operations are highly classified, so I consider disclosing this information a security breach. . Keeping that information in a public place “Ignoring it would be considered a serious security failure.”

Evidence suggests that Lapsley took 50 pages from his desk and went home, and that he went to work the next morning, and that the documents fell out of his bag and were found in a wet pile behind the bus stop. Once dry, it was handed over to the BBC.

Richard Jackson, a senior civil servant, was fined £ 2,500 in 2008 for allegedly leaving highly classified documents on the train and violating official secrecy law, leaving behind key Al Qaeda and Iraqi intelligence files. Train from London, and a public member presented them (BBC).