President Joe Biden’s trip to Northern Ireland took an odd turn of events as a top-secret document that included his itinerary and protective detail was found in the street.
A person passing by discovered the document, which reportedly included the president’s location and contact phone numbers for police and security officers.
🚨Top-secret document about Biden's Belfast visit found on the street.
A passerby discovered the police paper, which detailed where Biden was staying in Northern Ireland, as well as the phone numbers of his Northern Ireland Police security detail. https://t.co/ZLn2Wafgj6
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“An investigation has commenced and we have notified the Senior Information Risk Officer,” the statement read.
“We take the safety of visiting dignitaries, members of the public, and our officers and staff extremely seriously and will put the appropriate actions in place.”
Police have launched an investigation after a document outlining details of US President Joe Biden's trip to Northern Ireland was found on the street by a member of the public. https://t.co/u24DB0kges
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“The US Secret Service released a statement Wednesday saying it was made aware of media reports by PSNI ‘regarding a potentially sensitive document, which may contain law-enforcement material,’” CNN reported.
“While we do not discuss the specifics of any protective operation, the president’s movements were not affected by these reports,” said Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the US Secret Service.
Security Concerns Surge After A Document That Showed Where Biden Was Staying in Northern Ireland, Along With Phone Numbers of Senior PSNI Officers, Was Found On The Street
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The discovery of the document has not appeared to cause any security concerns during Biden’s trip, which included his son Hunter Biden.
Hunter Biden remains under investigation by the Oversight Committee over his international business dealings during the time that his father served as vice president under then-President Barack Obama.
In addition to Biden’s visit to Northern Ireland, he has traveled throughout the United Kingdom, including a stop for his first visit with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Other stops have included Dublin, Ireland, where Biden has explored some of the sites in the land the president considers the location of some of his ancestors.
The security concern is a major one but the latest foreign policy blunders by the president are the larger concern as the nation continues to deal with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Iran’s aggression in the Middle East and China’s rising tensions against Taiwan.