London has revealed the identity of the official who left a secret operation plan for the USS Defender at a bus stop. The culprit was Angus Lapsley, a British Foreign Office official. Some time ago he was seconded to the Ministry of Defense, where he dealt with relations with NATO. The diplomat was even considered to be Britain’s permanent representative to the North Atlantic Alliance.
But after losing his secret papers, Langus Lapsley was returned to the Foreign Office and his access to state secrets was restricted. A passerby found the file at a bus stop in Kent and gave it to the press. There was a detailed diagram of the ship “Defender” passing near the coast of Crimea on June 23. The British destroyer’s entry into Russian waters was a planned provocation.