The U.S. Secret Service was informed Wednesday that a document detailing local safety measures to protect President Biden was found loose on a Belfast street.
The president’s security was informed by police in Northern Ireland, who only learned of the potential leak from local media outlets, NBC News reported.
“The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) informed the Secret Service of media reports regarding a potentially sensitive document, which may contain law-enforcement material,” said Anthony Guglielmi, a Secret Service spokesperson.
Local media described the document as belonging to local cops. It was said to contain information on how officers would keep Belfast safe as Biden traveled to a hotel during his visit this week.
The Belfast Telegraph reported that a local man who discovered the document called into a BBC radio show saying the paper showed details of road closures, as well as officers’ positions and phone numbers.
Local police also stopped a bomb threat meant to overshadow the president’s visit, according to the Telegraph.
“The president’s movements were not affected by these reports,” Guglielmi said.
Senior Secret Service official Jocelyn Keaveny, who is overseeing Biden’s visit, “expressed her highest confidence in our Irish and European partners and the ongoing security of the visit,” Guglielmi added.
Biden’s visit continues through Thursday. He is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement that put an end to 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland.
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