UK shared details of more than 250 Afghan interpreters on email

shared more than 250 Afghan interpreters' details on email
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Daily US Times: Ben Wallace, the UK Defence Secretary, has launched an investigation into a data leak involving the email addresses of dozens of Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces.

More than 250 people seeking relocation to the UK were mistakenly copied into an email from the Ministry of Defence.

Their email addresses could be seen by all recipients of the email, showing names and some associated profile pictures.

In a statement, the MoD has apologised.

The email was sent to Afghan interpreters who still remain in the country or have been able to get to other countries.

Johnny Mercer, Conservative MP and former defence minister, said the treatment of the interpreters had been “deeply shameful” and that many would be “moving house again tonight”.

The email was sent by the team in charge of the UK government’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap). The team has been in contact with them since the Taliban took control of the country last month.

Arap told the Afghan interpreters it was doing everything it could to help relocate them.

It also said they shouldn’t put themselves or their families at risk if it wasn’t safe for them to leave their current location.

But one interpreter who received the email realised that more than 250 Afghans who worked with British troops had been copied into the email.

While speaking with BBC, they said: “This mistake could cost the life of interpreters, especially for those who are still in Afghanistan.”

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