Israel's Barak 'left secret papers in London hotel'

26th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak last month forgot a brief case containing confidential documents in a London hotel room, the private Channel 2 television station reported on Tuesday.

The minister left the papers at the Park Plaza Westminister Bridge where he was overnighting on the way to New York, the broadcaster said, adding some papers had handwritten comments by Barak on them.

An Israeli businessman assigned the same room after Barak checked out found the papers and phoned Israeli security officials who recovered the documents and ascertained there was nothing compromising in them, it said.

The defence ministry confirmed Barak had forgotten the papers, but said they were not "top secret."

The channel cited the ministry as saying the incident happened because an agent supposed to go through the room carefully after Barak's departure had failed to do so.

© 2011 AFP

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