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Stolen intelligence HQ plans threaten position of top spook

The Local · 18 Jul 2011, 08:36

Published: 18 Jul 2011 08:36 GMT+02:00

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At first the leak of the plans of the multi-million euro new offices earlier this month, was portrayed as little more than embarrassing, with assurances made that no changes in the enormous construction would have to be made as a result. BND President Ernst Uhrlau said the plans only showed a car park, energy supplies and a canteen.

But over the weekend, news magazines Der Spiegel and Focus reported that the drawings showed details of laboratories and offices, as well as precise information on security entrances, emergency exits and smoke and fire protection as well as protection against break-ins.

According to Der Spiegel, a firm involved in the construction project had made hundreds of copies of the plans. Opposition Social Democrats now intend to call Ronald Pofalla, head of the Chancellery (responsible for secret service coordination), and Peter Ramsauer, buildings minister, before a parliamentary committee to explain what happened, according to the Frankfurter Rundschau on Monday.

Uhrlau is losing respect among the government for his handling of the issue, largely seen as ineffective, the paper added.

The attitude of the BND under him seems to run along the lines of, “It’s not so bad, there is no problem,” criticised Wolfgang Bosbach, chairman of the parliamentary interior affairs committee. “We see it differently,” said Bosbach, a member of the ruling Christian Democratic Union.

“Mr Uhrlau now has a real problem,” Bosbach told the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung on Monday. “I am certainly not sure whether the government still has the confidence that they have to have in the head of the BND.”

He even said that the BND under Uhrlau had misled the government.

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“When one tries to deceive the chancellery and the public, a line has been overstepped,” said Bosbach.

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20:07 July 18, 2011 by West-Berlin
Well to me this isn't really surprising.

Okay, concerning the BND construction site it really should not have come to the point of loosing any building plans, no matter what part of the building is viewed.

But when working with sub-contractors there is always a risk of information get leacked. You have to make dozens of copies and it doesn't take much to lose track of how many documents or building plans you actually made.

Who is to blame? I think it's too easy to always blame it on one single person. I think there are way too many factors that could have led to the loss of the builidng plans. What about the construction managers, the sub-contractors and so on...???
01:37 July 19, 2011 by lunchbreak
This debacle shouldn't just threaten the top spook. Where was the rest of the organization when this place was being built?
04:50 July 22, 2011 by DOZ
Try using Goop to plug all those Spook Leaks, or train better Plumbers.
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