Leak of Queen's death plans to be investigated for 'potential security breach'

A Welsh government official shared secret information about plans for when the Queen dies in an email to a member of the public

Queen's death plans leak to be investigated for security breach
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An inquiry is underway after a Welsh government official accidentally sent details about plans for when the Queen dies to a member of the public. 

An investigation has been launched after secret details about plans for the Queen's death were leaked to a member of the public, the Welsh government has confirmed. 

The most senior civil servant of the Senedd Cymru, Dr. Andrew Goodall, told the BBC, "Whilst the email did not contain any operational information, it was marked 'official sensitive' and should not have been shared.

"We take the issue of information and data security very seriously and this is now being investigated as a potential security breach." 

The email included security guidelines that were 'drawn up' for the UK government after a government official became aware that classified information about procedures for the Queen's death had been posted on the news site, Politico, in September 2021. 

Queen Elizabeth II attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 19, 2016 in London, England

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The civil servant claimed that the article—which shared multiple snippets on the codenamed 'Operation London Bridge'—included information that had not been authorized for public viewing. 

After raising concerns about the news article, another civil servant asked for 'bespoke guidance' on security to be devised and distributed within the governments of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. 

It was this guidance, along with the original letter flagging the news article, that, somewhat ironically, was emailed to the public. According to the BBC, the leaked pamphlet included advice on 'good security behaviors' and strategies for 'protecting information.' There were also instructions on best practices for social media activity and how to inform government staff of the Queen's death when the time comes. 

Emma Dooney
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