Nation definitely in safe hands after UK military accidentally send secret emails to wrong addresses

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A typo meant the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) sent sensitive UK emails to a Russian-allied nation. The classified material ended up being sent to Mali, rather than the US where it was intended to go.

The emails were meant to be sent to an address ending in ‘.mil’ denoting the US military. Instead, the ‘i’ was dropped, resulting in them being sent to addresses in Mali.

Until recently, the UK and US were closely aligned with Mali. The UK even sent troops to the country. More recently, however, the military took over and appears to have aligned more closely with Moscow.

MOD fail

Cue MOD embarrassment and back-pedalling. A spokesperson told the press:

We have opened an investigation after a small number of emails were mistakenly forwarded to an incorrect email domain.

We are confident they did not contain any information that could compromise operational security or technical data.

The MOD said that sensitive information “is shared on systems designed to minimise the risk of misdirection”.

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They added:

The MoD constantly reviews its processes and is currently undertaking a programme of work to improve information management, data loss prevention, and the control of sensitive information.

The US did it too

Irish news channel RTE reported that the Malian government had recently struck up a grain deal with Russia:

Mali was among the six African countries promised free grain shipments by Russian President Vladimir Putin after the collapse of the Black Sea deal with Ukraine.

Now that the US and UK have pulled out of Mali, Russian mercenary firm Wagner is operating in a counter-insurgency role:

Moscow’s Wagner mercenaries have also been deployed in Mali to fight alongside the army against jihadists

It is also worth noting that the US recently reported making the same email error. But the result was that millions of military emails may have been seen to Mali.

Malian conflict

Fuelled by arms stolen during NATO’s 2011 Libyan war, the war in Mali has ground on for over a decade. Now the Wagner Group is operating in the country.

But, as the Intercept pointed out, many of the military officers now working with Wagner are US-trained:

Researchers found that the longtime U.S.-backed Malian military also tortured detainees in an army camp and destroyed and looted civilian property as part of its protracted campaign against militant Islamists.

In fact, US-trained military officers have been involved in coups all over Africa in recent years. In fact, the framing of Mali across the press as a ‘Kremlin ally’ in relation to the email story seems rather odd. Especially, given that UK troops only pulled out in November 2022.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Harland Quarrington, cropped to 1910 x 1000, licenced under OGL 1.0.

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    1. LMAO Joe. Looks like western “elites” already feel so beaten by the 70D Chess games of the Kremlin, they’re in full retreat mentality everywhere. Which is surprising, as those with no discernible talent or morals usually have platinum-clad belief in their own superiority. As we Brit Plebs have experienced for the past 1000 years, but ESPECIALLY since the Yank (Empire) and Aussie (Murdoch) takeover, those in ‘Politics’ and ‘Business’ who are the least among us have risen like floating turds to the top.

      TBF, if they DID try to do something, literally anything, they would make any situation worse.

      That they recognise this is the first step.

      Although it didn’t stop them from sinking what even the FT recognised would be the BEST UK Govt in living memory, that could have regenerated Britain given a chance.

      Instead, we got Chancers, and they re-installed their own muppets in charge of the “Opposition” too.

      When even TRUMP ran the US and foreign policy better than the Demonrat wonks, it’s heartbreaking to think how much better the UK could have been run since 2017.

      Still, at the end of the day, what will REALLY help African and Global South nations is Western incompetence, and we now have that in spades.

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