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Canada's national security files discovered in bin

By Dan Karpenchuk

Posted March 21, 2008 17:18:00

Canadian security officials have been left red-faced after the blueprints for an elite national security unit were found on a pile of rubbish in Ottawa.

The blueprints were stamped with the markings of the Department of National Defence.

They show the location of security fences, the electrical grid system and the layout of offices and other rooms at a new security headquarters, located at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

It is the home of the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit, a military counter-terrorism group which was created after the attacks in the US on September 11, 2001.

The 26 blueprints were contained in one of seven defence department files that a passer-by found on top of garbage bags on an Ottawa street, and then handed in to a city newspaper.

The other six files are believed to be missing.

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day has launched an investigation into the incident.

Tags: world-politics, terrorism, canada