British Ministry of Defense Breach Puts Afghan Interpreters’ Lives in Danger

United Kingdom Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has started an investigation into a data breach that exposed the email addresses of dozens of Afghan interpreters who served for the British military.

More than 250 Afghans who had requested shelter in the UK, many of whom are hiding, fearing for their lives, were accidentally copied into an email. The Ministry of Defense has been accused of “putting lives at risk.”

All the email addresses are visible to those who have been sent it from the MoD. 

The MoD apologized for the incident.

Meanwhile, the ministry said it has been reaching this affected data breach and offered advice on managing the potential risks.

Former defense minister Johnny Mercer told BBC Radio that this will significantly influence those still in the nation.

“The reality is we’ve left the vast, vast majority of our interpreters behind, so this is going to have a profound impact on people who are still in the country,” Mercer said.


© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.