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BND intelligence agency loses HQ blueprints

The Local · 11 Jul 2011, 11:11

Published: 11 Jul 2011 11:11 GMT+02:00

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Focus magazine’s website reported that the plans for the new headquarters – which should be finished in the next few years – feature sensitive information such as location of alarm systems and anti-terrorism equipment. Theft by unknown elements is suspected.

A BND representative told Die Welt newspaper that the documents were likely leaked by a construction contractor.

“It’s obvious the papers were passed on from there,” he said.

The agency declined comment officially on the situation. But a spokesman for the Chancellery told Focus the government had ordered a complete investigation and has asked security officials to prepare an evaluation of security measures.

The BND has also been rocked by the porn allegations – allegedly a high-ranking employee downloaded internet porn onto his work computer.

According to Die Welt the worker fell under suspicion in March after a routine check by in-house technicians. They also found that he had made purchases on eBay. In general, private use of BND computers is strictly prohibited.

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The discovery may be particularly embarrassing because the man is a key department head and a confidante of the intelligence agency’s president, Ernst Uhrlau, Die Welt.

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12:06 July 11, 2011 by twisted
Whoops !!!!!
12:17 July 11, 2011 by lunchbreak
Nevermind, just ask the Pakistanis for them back. Or perhaps the Russians will sell them back. But not before the plans have been redistributed to China, the North (and South) Koreans, the Saudis etc. etc.

You can't blame a contractor for making extra on the side - its a perk.
13:20 July 11, 2011 by Frenemy
meh, Langley did the same with the new HQ building...(I wonder what the architects did with the plans for vauxhaul cross and/or thames house)
13:31 July 11, 2011 by harcourt
Makes you feel really safe and secure, doesn't it?
14:27 July 11, 2011 by beeker
Ah come on, the plans probably will be included in a free borchure available in the lobby when the building was finished.
18:01 July 11, 2011 by michael4096
A current theme in security is that the mechanism should not be important but that security should be obtained with an open mechanism but private security key. A bit like your handy - we all know how its done, but only you know your pin.

So, the blueprints are not important, You only know your way around the building if you know which way north is - and thats secret!
21:08 July 11, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@beeker: That's why they need the blueprints back, to make those brochures, with a detailed map inside. LOL.
21:47 July 11, 2011 by Landmine
ha ha, can;t even manage to keep that secret, check the foreign cleaning ladies...
22:43 July 11, 2011 by lunchbreak
Doesn't matter, the BND is just a german public employment program, you know the Arbeitsamt one euro a day scheme. Anyone would be a fool to think that confidential matters remain confidential in the BND given news like this. Surely the organization is meant as a distraction from the real german intelligence directorate. But of course that has it been penetrated too. lol

I wonder if the Americans would inform the germans before snatching Osama from a safe house outside Bonn?
23:12 July 11, 2011 by Frenemy
@lunchbreak: for the rest of us ignoramuses out there, what is the "the real german intelligence directorate" by the way?
00:46 July 12, 2011 by lunchbreak
@ Frenemy

Its so secret that if I told you I would have to kill you.

02:42 July 12, 2011 by german-guardian
@ lunchbreak,

hey man, I think you watched too many movies.
03:08 July 12, 2011 by TomUSA
At best maybe they deleted it to make room for more porn...lol

The will be hating life if they have to start over.
05:22 July 12, 2011 by german-guardian
@ TomUSA

Germany is not like USA.
13:20 July 12, 2011 by lunchbreak
@ german-guardian

lol, the germans may not have invented pornography but they surely know all about perversion.
00:22 July 13, 2011 by whpmgr
Someone forgot to mention something about world war two, the nazis and Hitler, I am disappointed about that. Darn, where did the stirrers go? the haters?

Hey, we had to build an entirely new Embassy in Moscow some years ago because of use of locals and the placement of devices in the actual building that could not be removed. What makes anyone think that this one, if finished, would hav ebeen different. The Germans have a pretty good agency and it was taken like all of the other world Secret Intel agencies have been. Imagine if no one noticed and the plans were put back after being copied. At least now they know to be a bit more cautious after everything is completed.
19:41 July 13, 2011 by lunchbreak
>> someone forgot to mention WWII
05:53 July 14, 2011 by german-guardian
@ lunchbreak

How about world war 1
19:38 July 15, 2011 by scoobydube
For ALL those that should care about this 'breach' of SECURITY: The documents in question were only marked 'FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY' and NOT 'SECRET'(GEHEIM). If one knows ANYTHING about the 'classification' precess, you would understand that 'FOUO' is the LOWEST in the security mode. THERE ARE FIVE TYPES OF CLASSIFICATIONS; UNCLASSIFIED, FOUO, CONFIDENTION, SECRET, and TOP SECRET. Now when dealing with NATO/OTAN classifications, they are; NATO UNCLASIFFIED, NATO RESTRICTED, NATO SECRET, and NATO COSMIC TOP SECRET. At least that's what I had to deal with when I was on active duty(in the USAF) and stationed at RAMSTEIN AB(the HQ for UASFE and, at that time, HQ AAFCE) .............
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