Information about military movements in Iraq ends up on Internet

Information about military movements in Iraq ends up on Internet
Information about military movements in Iraq ends up on Internet 

By Chiyomi Sumida and David Allen
Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition
December 1, 2006

NAHA, Okinawa Japanese officials confirmed Thursday that information 
about U.S. and coalition military movements in Iraq were broadcast by 
mistake on the Internet.

The leaked information originated with a Japanese Air Self-Defense 
Forces second lieutenant deployed to Iraq and now assigned to the JASDFs 
Naha Air Base, Japanese media reported. Police seized the lieutenants 
personal computer Wednesday.

We learned that information was leaked on the Internet through a 
privately owned computer, which was infected with a virus through Winny, 
a file-sharing program, a JASDF spokesman told Stars and Stripes.

According to Japanese media reports, part of the leaked information 
contained U.S. Central Command documents describing quantities of 
supplies airlifted from U.S. military bases in Iraq, Kuwait and other 

An investigation was launched after the data was posted on an Internet 
bulletin board. Officials at JASDF headquarters in Tokyo were guarded in 
their response to the news reports.

As far as the content of the leaked material, we will refrain from 
making any comment because there is a risk of encouraging further 
research and, consequently, further spread of the information, said Maj. 
Kazutomo Takahashi of the JASDF public affairs office.

He said the agency believed the information was spread on the Internet 
Nov. 24.

However, the data was no longer considered classified, he added. So we 
do not think that it would cause any immediate or direct harm. The case 
is presently being closely investigated.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki on Thursday called 
on the Defense Agency to take firm steps to prevent a recurrence.

Although the information leaked on the Internet did not contain anything 
that was under any classified category, the fact that such incident 
occurred itself is extremely regrettable, Shiozaki said at a news 
conference. To properly maintain confidential information is not only 
the basis of security for our nation, but also a matter that affects 
relations of mutual trust with our allies.

In June, the agency punished 47 personnel in the air, maritime and 
ground self-defense forces over six separate information leakage 
incidents, Takahashi said. In all of the cases, the information was 
leaked from home computers.

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