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For fucking fuck’s fucking sake

A personal computer holding sensitive documents relating to defence and extremism has been stolen from Hazel Blears’s constituency office in Salford.

The theft may mean the communities secretary has broken rules on the handling of restricted government information, the BBC has learned.

Just last week a cabinet official was suspended for leaving top secret documents on a train. Another file of documents, including one restricted one, was found on another train, also last week.

But previous security lapses have all been made by unidentified civil servants. A security breach in a cabinet minister's office is doubly embarrassing for the government. [BBC]
No-one who is a a member of this government or who has been appointed to a civil service role in the past 10 years is allowed to handle a classified document ever again. From now on the collation and transmission of such material is to be left to dedicated teams of cubs and brownies.


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Jun. 17th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Fuckit, we might as well just LEAFLET DROP our official secrets, at this point. At least that way we'd have a bit more control over the distribution.
Jun. 17th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
My boss suggested the other night that station announcements should be changed to 'If you work for the Government, please remember to take all belongings with you...
Jun. 17th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Great way of ensuring their secrecy ...
Let's print our most sensitive documents in the Daily Sport. That way, we can guarantee that nobody'll be reading them.

Or indeed believe them if they did.
Jun. 17th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
The solution is simple: paperless word-of-mouth Government. All decisions to be recorded and transmitted orally by minstrels, all laws committed to memory by Crown appointed "law-sayers", Hansard disbanded. Action: immediate.
Jun. 17th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Cubs and Brownies? They're mercenaries - they'll need to get a badge for their efforts.

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