Garbage truck driver finds top secret Navy docs

Garbage truck driver finds top secret Navy docs

In what IDF calls ‘serious case,’ highly classified materials from 2nd-in-command’s office almost dumped at trash site

The entrance to the Hiriya waste processing plant in central Israel, taken on September 19, 2008. (Shnili/Creative Commons)
The entrance to the Hiriya waste processing plant in central Israel, taken on September 19, 2008. (Shnili/Creative Commons)

A military garbage truck driver prevented a potentially devastating IDF information leak on Wednesday, when he discovered highly classified documents from the office of the Navy’s chief of staff while emptying out his vehicle at the Hiriya trash dump site in central Israel.

Israel Hayom reported Thursday that the driver immediately called the chief warrant officer at the IDF’s Tel Aviv headquarters, who came and closed off the site. All of the the documents were reportedly collected by the IDF.

According to the report, the documents, which came from the Navy’s second-in-command, were meant to be shredded by a soldier serving under the officer. The soldier apparently got mixed up between the shredding bin and the garbage compressor, causing the incident.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office released a statement saying that the army is investigating the incident.

“This is a serious case,” the statement read. “From the moment that the relevant authorities were notified, all of the the documents were immediately gathered from the area. The topic is being investigated and conclusions will be learned.”

It wasn’t the first potential information leak to rock the IDF in recent months.

On December 22, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot dismissed Northern Command Artillery Officer Col. Ilan Levy after the officer left classified documents in his car, which was stolen and smuggled into the West Bank.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office said at the time that all the materials had been found and returned with the help of the Shin Bet security agency and the police.

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