British Intelligence Officer Loses Briefcase

Published December 11th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A British intelligence officer forgot his briefcase on a train, sparking a security search over the alleged secrets it contained, Britain's Sun newspaper reported Monday. 

It said the agent for MI5, Britain's counter-intelligence agency, left the case on the train when he got off at a station in Dorset, southwest England, a month ago. 

He alerted his office who ordered police to search every train and station on the line, but without success. The case and its documents remain missing. 

The Sun said MI5 director Stephen Lander had informed Prime Minister Tony Blair about the latest bungle to hit the service. 

In March, the same paper reported how a laptop was stolen from an MI5 agent at London's Paddington station. 

Then it emerged that an agent for MI6 -- the foreign intelligence agency -- had lost his laptop during an evening at a tapas bar. 

A senior army officer had his laptop stolen at Heathrow airport. 

The Sun quoted an MI5 official as saying the latest missing documents posed no threat to national security -- LONDON (AFP)  




© 2000 Al Bawaba (

You may also like


Sign up to our newsletter for exclusive updates and enhanced content