Thursday, October 02, 2008

UK Police Probe eBay Sale of MI6 Camera

Via Reuters.

Hertfordshire Special Branch is investigating how a camera holding sensitive information about al Qaeda suspects came to be lost by an MI6 agent, police said on Tuesday.

Media reports said the Nikon digital camera was put up for sale on Internet trading site eBay and sold for just 17 pounds ($30).

Its memory had names of al Qaeda members, fingerprints and suspects' academic records as well as pictures of rocket launchers and missiles, the Sun newspaper reported.

"We can confirm we seized a camera after a member of the public reported it," said a statement by police in Hertfordshire after the camera was handed into Hemel Hempstead police station.

"Intelligence officers are investigating," the statement added.

The Foreign Office confirmed the police investigation, but declined to comment further.

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