By Rajat Pandit
The Times of India
28 September 2009
NEW DELHI: Believe it or not, a person apparently managed to extract
some ``sensitive information'' from a senior military officer over the
telephone by posing as a joint secretary in the defence ministry.
Thrown into a tizzy by this recent audacious espionage bid, a diktat has
now been issued in the defence ministry as well as the Army, Navy and
IAF HQs, which forbids all officers from discussing ``top-secret, secret
or confidential'' matters on phone.
"All communications are vulnerable to interception. Security of
information is, therefore, of paramount importance in the Defence HQ
security zone,'' says the ominous security alert, issued by South
Block's chief security officer on September 16.
The alert specifies that the person who made the telephone call was ``an
official from a foreign embassy'' but does not name the country.
Sources, however, said Pakistan was the primary suspect.
The entire episode began with the embassy official calling up the
landline of a senior IAF officer at Air HQ here. Identifying himself as
the joint secretary (air) in MoD with effortless elan, he sought some
specific classified information.
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