Torygraph: MoD mistakenly sends man top secret files
Confidential Ministry of Defence documents, including drawings of submarines and blueprints of military buildings, were mistakenly sent to a factory in Derbyshire, the firm's owner said yesterday.
The 12 boxes of files, marked "MoD: Bristol", were sent in error to Mark Chambers' firm, Metal Ornaments in Swadlincote, Derbys. However, when he called to ask what he should do with them, he said he was first told no-one knew, before an operator suggested he put his question into the Q&A section of their website.
Eventually, he put them back in the post marked 'return to sender' only to receive a phone call from someone at the MoD berating him for his slapdash handling of military secrets.
Mr Chambers said: "You could see that there were building lay-outs with people's names, saying who occupied offices. It's amazing really. I have a receptionist who is Russian and she said if this happened in Russia heads would roll. It's ridiculous that stuff like this goes astray."
The delivery firm that brought the containers - thought to be an MoD contractor - has since taken them back, he added.
A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "We take any reports of this kind extremely seriously and we are investigating urgently. Until we have additional information about the data it would be inappropriate to comment further."