By Henry McDonald
29 November 2009
Royal Navy investigators flew to Belfast last week after a memory stick
containing "restricted" information on naval manoeuvres and personnel
around the UK was reported missing.
The Observer has learnt that two senior detectives from the Royal Navy
Police's Special Investigation Branch met members of the Police Service
of Northern Ireland to investigate the issue.
The detectives flew from Portsmouth to discuss the loss of a USB memory
stick close to Belfast docks last month. The device was found at the
Odyssey car park, near the river Lagan. It was offered for sale to a
newspaper, which declined the offer. It was later handed to the police
in Bangor. The device is understood to have contained 37 pages of
information on Royal Navy personnel including name, ages and ranks.
It also contained "restricted" information on naval operations around
the UK, and the whereabouts of Royal Navy officers. Security sources
said this weekend that naval investigators would examine the device to
see if any of the material was copied. They will also look for
"electronic footprints" on the device to find out who last used it.
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