Secret UK Terrorism Files Left on Train—Again

Misplaced papers look bad for Gordon Brown government
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2008 7:48 AM CDT
Secret UK Terrorism Files Left on Train—Again
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown listens as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a joint press conference inside 10 Downing Street in London, Friday June 13, 2008.    (AP Photo/Daniel Deme)

For the second time this week, confidential British government documents on fighting terrorism were left on a train and passed to the media. The papers blast countries like Iran for financial policies that can be used to terrorists’ advantage, reports the Independent, which released no other details about the documents. Earlier this week, a top intelligence official left secret files on a train which were handed to the BBC.

Those documents criticized Iraq’s military and described “al-Qaeda vulnerabilities." Both incidents have dealt a blow to Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s troubled government. “This is another appalling embarrassment for an accident-prone government,” said an opposition politician, who called the lost files “extremely damaging to the government’s fight against terrorism.” (More Britain stories.)

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