Security Plans for NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, Circulated by Unencrypted Email

Poland’s security services are scrambling to re-draw plans to protect the NATO summit due to be held in Warsaw next month – after details of the original measures to be taken were sent by police to several addresses, without encryption.

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The gaffe was highlighted by staff at Warsaw city council, who received ordinary, unprotected emails with information about security measures for the NATO summit. In all, at least 60 organisations legitimately involved in summit security received the unencrypted emails.

Now, reports Gazeta Wyborcza, security services have just under two weeks to reassess the plans, which were months in the making – in case the emails had fallen into the wrong hands.

Among the points discussed were details about deployment of police, army and government protection officers, plans for VIP car journey routes, phone numbers of security commanders, and more.

A spokesman for National Police Headquarters in Poland, however, downplayed the incident. He told Wyborcza that “no sensitive data” was included, and denied that categorically that there had been any mistake by police officers.

Leaders of NATO countries, and representatives of the World Bank, the UN and others will arrive in Warsaw for the summit, due to begin on July 8.