The report was published on Parliament’s website after a Freedom Of Information request by anti-nuclear campaigners.
Much of the most revealing information, entire pages in some cases, was blacked out to prevent the secrets from getting into the wrong hands.
But in what was described as “a schoolboy error” the technique used by MoD staff to censor the document was easy to reverse. The bunglers turned the text background black – making the words unreadable – but crucially left them in place. That meant anyone wanting to read the censored sections just had to copy the text.
Not often I link to the Daily Star here, but they found the boob (pun intended) and deserve the credit.
Seriously, a document about the safety of nuclear submarines was redacted by someone who had so little knowledge of obfuscating documents that they didn't know about the "copy and paste trick"?
Beggars belief. Really, it does.