By Thomas Harding,
and Ben Leach
25 May 2009
The Ministry of Defence has admitted that files had been stolen, and
more than 500 RAF staff have been warned of the possible consequences to
them and their families after the unencrypted data - stored on three
computer hard drives- went missing.
The extremely personal information had been given by servicemen for an
in-depth vetting process to give them high security clearance.
An internal MoD memo admitted that some of the details on high-ranking
officers would be "front page news" that could tarnish the reputation of
The names of "third parties" in affairs could become public along with
admissions of drug-taking, prostitute use and private medical
An RAF source not affected by the loss said there was "considerable
worry in the ranks" over the loss of data that could affect
relationships or be used by others to compromise personnel.