A diplomat at the Japanese Embassy in Jordan was found to have taken home classified documents. The 30-year old second secretary at the embassy has, on numerous occasions, brought home dozens of pages long confidential documents. Such an act is seen to put dignitaries and other leaders at risk due to the information found on the said documents, which details trips and accommodations of different foreign leaders.
It is believed that such documents have been taken out of the embassy since October 2012. Sensitive details including appointment schedules and accommodations for overseas visits of the prime minister, senior officials’ travel expenses, and foreign leaders’ visits to Japan were among the information included. The diplomat has since admitted to the breach and said that it was purely accidental. However, all classified documents are specially marked and labeled as classified. Protocol for handling such documents clearly states that it is for internal use only.
The Foreign Ministry is already considering the penalty for the repeated act, though it has not disclosed how it found out about the breaches. A law penalizing the mishandling of state secrets was already enacted, after a long-drawn debate. Handling classified information for the government is a concern for the Japanese public because of the law recently passed.
[via Global Post]
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