The BBC: the fifth emergency service?

A Cabinet Office official left top secret information on Al-Quaeda on a train. Fortunately it was retrieved by a member of the public. Phew! Straight to the nearest police station with such sensitive security material, then, eh? Er, no. To the BBC, actually.

Since when did any media outlet become the destination of preference for concerned citizens looking for the lost property desk? Maybe if this particular “good Samaritan” gets burgled at some point, he might want to call David Dimbleby instead of ringing 999.

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4 responses to “The BBC: the fifth emergency service?

  1. Jane

    I don’t know what I would have done. Initial thoughts would have been to hand the document file to the police. However, on occasion it is right that the casual disregard of top secret material should be made known to the public and notifying the BBC ensured this happened. I am becoming increasingly alarmed at how information held is treated so insensitively by government employees or their agents. It is time that breaches were treated harshly.

  2. Mo Daniels

    I was watching the Six O’ clock News when Frank Gardner reported his exclusive and casually added that the concerned citizen found the document and went straight to Television Centre. I laughed out loud. Maybe a concerned citizen handed in the missing Child benifit Records to ITV News and the janny at the door threw then in the bin.

  3. Andrew Webb

    Well, they probably thought the BBC would be better to shame you and your awful Government!Knowing the Police, they would have arrested them on stealing it!

    ‘Maybe if this particular “good Samaritan” gets burgled at some point, he might want to call David Dimbleby instead of ringing 999’

    Not a nice comment from a Government minister but David Dimbleby would probably get there quicker the the Police!!!!!!!!

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