British minister dumps official letters in London park
A British minister was left red-faced Friday after he was snapped disposing of official documents in a central London park bin.
Oliver Letwin, the Minister for Government Policy, dumped ripped up papers relating to Britain's controversial methods of interrogating terror suspects in St James Park, a short distance from Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street base, the Daily Mirror reported.
The tabloid newspaper carried pictures of the minister talking on his mobile phone and disposing of the papers, one of which was reported to explain how intelligence bosses "failed to get the truth" on Britain's involvement in interrogations.
Other letters were claimed to contain personal details of constituents, including home addresses and telephone numbers.
A spokesman for the Conservative lawmaker denied there had been a security breach.
"Oliver Letwin does some of his parliamentary and constituency correspondence in the park before going to work and sometimes disposes of copies of letters there," the spokesman said.
"They are not documents of a sensitive nature," added the spokesman.
Letwin advises Cameron on a broad range of government business and has access to British government's most sensitive documents.
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