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Careless swedish official sent Secret Saudi-material via an unencrypted e-mail

Thursday, 15 March 2012
The notes from secret talks with Saudi Arabia sent in an unencrypted e-mail via a private hotmail account of an under-secretary at the Swedish Department of Defense.

The email passed through servers in several countries before reaching recipients in Stockholm who are a colleague in the ministry, a foreign Department official, the Director General of the Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) and a high FOI officer.

The road was wide open for the email to have leaked to foreign intelligence services, writes the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

A senior executive at Defense Department sent notes from secret talks with Saudi Arabia through a private and insecure email. The Swedish government has constantly emphasized at the high level to maintain confidentiality.

Sweden's secret negotiations of arms deals with Saudi Arabia in 2008 could have been leaked to foreign intelligence services. Some of the most sensitive data in the case, call notes from a secret meeting with the Saudi General Nasser, sent unencrypted from a private hotmail e-mail address.

It was Cecilia Looström , Director of the Department of Defense, who sent the e-mail to a colleague at the Department of Defense, a manager at the Foreign Ministry, Director General of the Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) and a high official at the Defence Research Agency (FOI).
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