Mirror exposes Bush security lapse | News | Al Jazeera

Mirror exposes Bush security lapse

A British journalist posing as a member of staff in Buckingham Palace has raised concerns over security surrounding George Bush's visit to the UK.

    Mirror man Parry standing on the balcony of the palace

    The Daily Mirror newspaper reporter Ryan Parry spent two months working undercover in Buckingham Palace, while British officials made plans for the president's state visit.

    Parry used fake references to get the job, and was in the palace last night when Bush arrived.

    Security

    The reporter watched as the president and his wife, Laura Bush, were received by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the palace gardens at 2000 GMT.

    The journalist, along with other members of Buckingham Palace staff, was given an itinerary of the president's movements.
    The newspaper says that in the wrong hands such information could prove disastrous.

    The Daily Mirror says that Parry's details were never properly checked out by the palace.

    An internet search would have shown the reporter's name and photograph relating to some of his previous Daily Mirror investigations.

    The security blunder will cause huge embarrassment to Buckingham Palace and royal security staff who allowed an intruder to gate-crash Prince William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle two months ago.

    The newspaper is calling for a top-level investigation in to the latest security blunder.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.