Posted on July 8, 2019
Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down were involved in conducting tests after Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were exposed to Novichok in Salisbury last year.
Chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon says that any security breach at the laboratory is “of great concern”: “We understand a lot of it details the guarding and security around Porton Down, and of course that is a concern.”
An MOD spokesman said: “We can confirm that an investigation has been launched into the alleged incident. We take the protection of personal data very seriously and we have a range of procedures in place to do so, including complying with the Data Protection Act. We also expect third parties who legitimately hold our data to apply similar strict protections.”