Gleneagles plan leaked to Independent

#1
No PM stuff reproduced in the article.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=648029

Leak of secret plan to protect G8 leaders sparks security alert
'Operation Sorbus' security briefing revealed to the 'IoS'. Identifies areas vulnerable to attack at Gleneagles summit base. 'Potentially immensely serious breach of national security'
By Francis Elliott, Deputy Political Editor
19 June 2005


Tony Blair's preparations for the G8 summit were last night thrown into disarray as confidential security information relating to the Gleneagles meeting was leaked to The Independent on Sunday.

Details of the effort to protect the eight most powerful people on the planet, code-named Operation Sorbus, including the location of special forces during the summit, have been revealed by a member of the intelligence community in Scotland appalled by ministers' "complacency".

The information includes:

* details of the threat, including assessments of the risk from chemical, biological and radiological attack;

* an analysis of the Gleneagles resort's vulnerable areas;

* maps showing the precise location of lines of reinforced fencing to keep out would-be suicide bombers and protesters;

* and aerial photographs of the estate marking likely terrorist targets.

For security reasons, the IoS will not disclose operational details, but we publish here the codename for the operation and official photographs showing the estate and hotel where George Bush, Vladimir Putin and other world leaders are staying for three days next month.

The IoS was also told the location of a base to be used by special forces, the positioning of regular troops and details of a wrangle between US and British agents over the deployment of surface-to-air missiles. The whistleblower revealed the highly sensitive information because, he said, he wanted to shock ministers, who he claimed were taking for granted security arrangements for the summit. It takes place in three weeks' time.

He said: "I have been increasingly appalled by the air of complacency surrounding this event, particularly as displayed by ministers. The release of a portion of non-operational material is intended as a wake-up call before that complacency becomes truly dangerous."

David Davis, the shadow Home Secretary, said the leak was potentially an "immensely serious breach of national security". He said: "The immediate task for the Home Secretary must be to reappraise all aspects of security at the G8 in the light of this breach to ensure the safety and security of all those attending."

The operation to secure Gleneagles is being led by Tayside police, supported by the security services and the Army, at an estimated cost of £100m.

The force is already braced for an influx of tens of thousands of people determined to register their protest at the resort itself. Concern is mounting within the intelligence community that the Government is failing to ensure all organisations are working smoothly together.

Confidence in the security of high-profile figures was undermined last week when The Sun claimed to have secretly filmed Prince Harry as he trained at Sandhurst military academy after gaining access unchallenged.

Today's revelation ahead of the G8 will be viewed with far greater alarm, however, since it calls into question Britain's ability to protect the world's leaders. Security services in the US, Russia and elsewhere will be closely monitoring preparations in Gleneagles to ensure that their premiers will be safe. They will have noted that Tayside police is already braced for the prospect of tens of thousands of protesters demonstrating on the perimeter of the hotel's grounds.

The local authority has rejected an application for a march past the hotel, though as a concession, Perth and Kinross Council has given permission for a rally of up to 4,500 in the neighbouring town of Auchterarder on 6 July, the opening day of the summit. Protesters warn, however, that as many as 20,000 could descend to make their voice heard and are urging the police to accommodate organised demonstration. The former Labour MP Tony Benn and Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP, are among those calling on the Government to overturn the council ban.

However, Bob Geldof, the organiser of Live8 who caused consternation by calling on a million people to gather in Edinburgh, is urging people to stay away from the Perthshire resort, saying it does not matter whether protesters are "1,000 miles or 1,000 yards" away.

Nevertheless, it seems likely that some groups are determined to travel to the summit itself and police arrested three protesters in scuffles outside a preparatory G8 meeting of home affairs ministers in Sheffield on Thursday in a foretaste of what could occur.

Security surrounding the annual G8 summit has been relentlessly increased each year, driven by fears of anarchist protest and terrorist attack. The 2001 summit in Genoa was marred by violent clashes and the death of one anti-globalisation protester.

All the security material passed to this newspaper has now been destroyed.
 
#2
All the security material passed to this newspaper has now been destroyed.
Yeah, right.

There is no "public interest" defence to either iteration of the Official Secrets Act. There appears to be bona fide evidence that Indy staff have at least aided and abetted an offence, if not actually conspired to commit it.

They know that, thus the rather circumspect tone of that article.

Arrests, please.

V!
 
#3
The whistleblower revealed the highly sensitive information...
So it's not that as though the journo was able to get it directly from site (which would be real cause for concern) but that someone inside decided to leak - and by the looks of it purely to score personal points. God forbid any money changed hands over this. I have to agree - arrests, please.
 
#4
Is it better that the informant is arrested and made an example of, or that his/her actions have cajoled the various agencies and individuals into getting their proverbial fingers out of their arrse's???
 
#5
MrPVRd said:
No PM stuff reproduced in the article.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=648029

Leak of secret plan to protect G8 leaders code-named Operation Sorbus
Sorbus aucuparia - Rowan, Mountain Ash?

In the past it was valued as a protection against enchantment, unwanted influences and evil spirits. Sprigs of Rowan were placed over doorways and fixed to cattle sheds to protect the animals from harm. Similarly, farmers would drive their sheep through hoops of Rowan branches, and in Wales Rowan trees were planted in churchyards to watch over and protect the spirits of the dead.

Whatever your connection to the Rowan, be sure to look out for the changes that will occur as a result of any communication with this tree. It should not be underestimated and its influence will bring about a quickening of your energy on many subtle levels. For this reason, it has always been used by the wise ones and revered as a powerful influence and should be treated with the greatest respect.
Who named this Op,obviously not the MOD computer !



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#6
Sorbus aucuparia - Rowan, Mountain Ash?
This proves it all!

It is all part of the New World Order! They are meeting at the time of a hitherto-unknown astral phenomenon to take part in a secret ritual that will take place in Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland on the aforementioned stellar occasion and that involves human sacrifice and the reverse intonation of various dusty tomes. The rowan codename signifies the arcane measures required to deflect unwelcome spirits in this esoteric endeavour, and the central role of sheep's hoops in the clandestine cult ritual!

Wibble!
 
#7
MrPVRd said:
Sorbus aucuparia - Rowan, Mountain Ash?
This proves it all!

It is all part of the New World Order! They are meeting at the time of a hitherto-unknown astral phenomenon to take part in a secret ritual that will take place in Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland on the aforementioned stellar occasion and that involves human sacrifice and the reverse intonation of various dusty tomes. The rowan codename signifies the arcane measures required to deflect unwelcome spirits in this esoteric endeavour, and the central role of sheep's hoops in the clandestine cult ritual!

Wibble!
"When the stars are right" :twisted:
 
#8
Agent_Smith said:
Is it better that the informant is arrested and made an example of, or that his/her actions have cajoled the various agencies and individuals into getting their proverbial fingers out of their arrse's???
Many of us get unhappy with our management, HMG and The System (etc) for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the system of redress works, mostly it doesn't. As we say on my firm, if you can't take a joke then you shouldn't have joined.

Nonetheless, the OSA is there for a good reason, despite it being a not-very-elegant piece of legislation. If everybody with any sort of vetting decided that the best way to vent their frustration was to send caveated material to the Media then we really are on our way to hell in a handcart.

This person needs nicking, charging and a day or so to explain himself at Court One at the Old Bailey.

V!
 
#9
All the security material passed to this newspaper has now been destroyed.
I'm assuming all the 'security material' is classified. I'm sure all the classified documentation I've ever seen has a warning on the front cover containing a phrase along the lines of

"Unauthorised retention or destruction of this ... is prohibited."

Of course, the full range of classified material I've ever seen more or less amounts to my ID card and some PAMs, so isn't exactly a large or detailed sample. If it's true though, it looks like the IoS have still been misbehaving by not handing the materials in to their local police station / MoD establishment.
 
#10
Crabtobe said:
All the security material passed to this newspaper has now been destroyed.
I'm assuming all the 'security material' is classified. I'm sure all the classified documentation I've ever seen has a warning on the front cover containing a phrase along the lines of

"Unauthorised retention or destruction of this ... is prohibited."

Of course, the full range of classified material I've ever seen more or less amounts to my ID card and some PAMs, so isn't exactly a large or detailed sample. If it's true though, it looks like the IoS have still been misbehaving by not handing the materials in to their local police station / MoD establishment.
Google Search for OP SORBUS produces results under FOI labeled "NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED" however they tell you f*cck all about the plan to use TABUN,SARIN and SOMAN against the protesters before they are taken to GUANTANAMO BAY and dissected to feed the lizards from ZETA RETICULA(like our Royal Family) :twisted:
 
#11
Vegetius said:
Agent_Smith said:
Is it better that the informant is arrested and made an example of, or that his/her actions have cajoled the various agencies and individuals into getting their proverbial fingers out of their arrse's???
Many of us get unhappy with our management, HMG and The System (etc) for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the system of redress works, mostly it doesn't. As we say on my firm, if you can't take a joke then you shouldn't have joined.

Nonetheless, the OSA is there for a good reason, despite it being a not-very-elegant piece of legislation. If everybody with any sort of vetting decided that the best way to vent their frustration was to send caveated material to the Media then we really are on our way to hell in a handcart.

This person needs nicking, charging and a day or so to explain himself at Court One at the Old Bailey.

V!
Fair point.
 
#12
However, Bob Geldof, the organiser of Live8 who caused consternation by calling on a million people to gather in Edinburgh, is urging people to stay away from the Perthshire resort, saying it does not matter whether protesters are "1,000 miles or 1,000 yards" away.
So why ask them to go to Edinburgh rather than to Sir Bob's country estate?.
 

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