MSDF member takes home floppy disk containing classified defense data
A Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) member is being investigated on suspicion of violating the Self Defense Forces Law, after a floppy disk containing secret information from an escort vessel was found at his home, officials said.
Police said the floppy disk that the second-class petty officer took home contained classified information from the escort vessel Shirane, including data from radar readings. The Defense Ministry prohibits taking such data home, and police are investigating the man on suspicion of violating the Self Defense Forces Law by breaching confidentiality.
The MSDF has also conducted an investigation, but officials said it was unlikely that any information had been leaked.
In January this year, police arrested the seaman's wife, a Chinese national, on suspicion of violating the Immigration Control Law. When they searched their home, they found the floppy disk. It was believed to contain communications data and radar readings.
In a separate incident in August last year, an MSDF member in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, violated regulations by taking home photographs of a submarine, promoting officials to issue a verbal warning against him. (Mainichi)
March 30, 2007