Lost documents about the destroyer near Crimea: the media revealed the identity of the culprit

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One of the Lost Lapsley Papers

The official worked for a long time at the British Foreign Office, after which he temporarily held a position in the Ministry of Defense.

An employee of the British Ministry of Defense, who forgot at a public transport stop secret documents about the passage of the British destroyer Defender near the coast of Crimea, turned out to be 51-year-old Angus Lapsley. Such data made public on Tuesday, August 3, The Times.

Lapsley reportedly worked for a long time in the British Foreign Office, and was temporarily appointed to a position in the Ministry of Defense.

After the incident with the loss of documents and subsequent verification, the official returned to his duties at the Foreign Ministry. However, now, the newspaper specified, access to state secrets was restricted for him. At the same time, many of Lapsley’s colleagues in the defense department are surprised that he managed to keep his job in the government after the incident.

According to journalists, Angus Lapsley has been an employee of the Foreign Ministry since 1999. In 2017-2019, he was responsible for defense, international security and the countries of Southeast Europe in this department. In the Ministry of Defense, the official held the position of head of the department responsible for relations with NATO and security policy in the Euro-Atlantic region.

According to the newspaper, Lapsley was on the waiting list for appointment to the post of the permanent representative of Great Britain to NATO. However, after the incident with the loss of documents, his chances of promotion declined.

We will remind, on June 27 it became known that at a bus stop in the British county of Kent found folders with classified information Ministry of Defense with a total volume of 50 pages. In them, in particular, it is argued that Great Britain has made a decision on the passage of its destroyer near the coast of Crimea, wanting to show support for Kiev.

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