Last week, the Belfast Telegraph reported that police in Northern Ireland have opened an investigation after a copy of the “operational order” from the Police Service for President Joe Biden’s Belfast trip was found on the street.
The 5-page “operational order,” which contained information on police deployment around the city along with other security plans for the president’s visit, was discovered by a citizen who later called into the BBC’s “The Nolan Show.”
The caller who identified himself as “Bill,” said the document, which he found it lying on the street near his house, included phone numbers and other sensitive information.
A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Island told the BBC that it was “aware of a security breach” and has opened an investigation and “notified the senior information risk officer.”
Biden and his family visited Belfast to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the trilateral agreement between the United Kingdom, the Irish Republic, and Northern Ireland that ended nearly 30 years of bloodshed.
President Biden was met by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak when he landed at Belfast International Airport accompanied by US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Joseph Kennedy III.
The president and prime minister met briefly Wednesday morning before Biden met with leaders of each of Northern Ireland’s five major political parties.
Later that day, Biden delivered remarks at Ulster University’s downtown Belfast campus where he touted Northern Ireland’s economic growth, according to CBS News.
The president claimed that “scores” of US companies were eager to invest in Northern Ireland and announced that special envoy Kennedy would be leading a trade delegation of US companies later this year.
The president also criticized the UK’s Brexit which he said created “complex challenges” for Northern Ireland. He called on leaders from the European Union and Great Britain to “address the issues in a way that serves Northern Ireland’s best interest.”