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Top-secret security documents about Biden's Belfast visit found in street
President Joe Biden and Ireland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Top-secret security documents about Biden's Belfast visit found in street

Top-secret security documents containing information about President Biden's trip to Northern Ireland on Wednesday were found on a Belfast street, the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed.

A Belfast man, who identified as "Bill," called into the BBC's "The Nolan Show," hosted by Stephen Nolan, to report that he had found security documents on the ground on a street close to his home. When he picked up the five-page document, he noticed it stated "PSNI" and "sensitive" at the top of the page.

During his radio show, Nolan stated, "This is a serious security breach."

According to the caller, the security document contained "highly sensitive" information about Biden's visit, including road closures and the PSNI officers providing security detail and their phone numbers.

Bill also claimed that the documents provided details on the president's stay and hotel information.

"It's a briefing document," Nolan explained. "It talks through all the deployments. It lists and names every PSNI officer which is in charge of the different streets. It shows the instructions of what they're doing. For example, it shows where and how they're going to be restricting vehicle and pedestrian access. It talks about, when hostile vehicle mitigation is installed by contractors, what is going to happen."

"Can you imagine if dissidents had got ahold of this, Bill? Would it have given them any information that would have been useful for them to try to engage in terrorism?" Nolan asked.

Bill replied that he believed the information contained in the document would have been dangerous in the wrong hands.

"It explains the whole operation," Nolan added. "It actually spells out what police officers should be looking out for."

The PSNI confirmed to the Irish Examiner that it was "aware of a security breach."

"An investigation has commenced, and we have notified the Senior Information Risk Officer," the PSNI stated. "We take the safety of visiting dignitaries, members of the public and our officers and staff extremely seriously and will put the appropriate actions in place."

Despite the security breach, Biden's visit to Belfast on Wednesday proceeded without incident. The president flew to Dublin Wednesday afternoon.

"The Police Service of Northern Ireland informed the Secret Service of media reports regarding a potentially sensitive document, which may contain law-enforcement material," the U.S. Secret Service stated. "While we do not discuss the specifics of any protective operation, the president's movements were not affected by these reports."

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