Report: G8 Security Details Leaked

LONDON (AP) - A British newspaper said Sunday that an intelligence official had handed it security details of how world leaders will be protected at next month's G8 summit in Scotland.

The Independent on Sunday newspaper said details of Operation Sorbus - a security operation to protect heads of state attending the Gleneagles summit on July 6-8 - had been leaked by an unidentified intelligence official, who claimed security was being taken for granted.

A spokeswoman for the British government's Home Office, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to comment on the report.

''We're working closely with police and other agencies to ensure a secure event,'' she said.

The newspaper said the leaked information included assessments of the chances of a chemical or biological attack during the event and a list of the summit venue's vulnerable areas.

The newspaper said the information, which they did not publish for security reasons, included maps showing reinforced fencing to keep out potential protesters and suicide bombers, and aerial photographs of the venue marking likely terrorist targets.

Assistant Chief Constable Willie Bald, of Scottish police force Tayside Police, who are responsible for security at the summit, said he was confident of the ''comprehensive security operation'' which had been put in place to protect world leaders.

The leaking of security documents comes at a time when security measures in Britain have come in for scrutiny following a series of embarrassing breaches.

A group of protesters appeared in court last month, following an audacious demonstration against a ban on fox hunting in which they invaded the House of Commons while debate on the legislation was taking place.

A protest group, who campaign for greater rights of access to children for divorced or separated fathers, have also defied security measures to stage a number of high profile stunts.

Actions by the Fathers 4 Justice group include scaling a suspension bridge near where a Labour party conference was taking place, throwing bags of purple flour at Prime Minister Tony Blair in the House of Commons, climbing onto a ledge at the Foreign Office and handcuffing a demonstrator to a government Minister.

Security surrounding Britain's royal family was brought into question last week when a tabloid newspaper claimed that one of its journalists, who had a camera and a fake bomb, gained access to a military academy where Prince Charles' youngest son Harry is studying.

It was the latest in a string of royal security breaches in recent years.

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