The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation after officials accidentally sent emails containing classified information to a Russian allied country.
A “small number” of emails intended for the Pentagon were sent to Mali thanks to the omission of an “i” from an email address.
British officials sent the messages to an address ending with the west African country’s “.ml” domain, rather than the US military’s “.mil”.
Last week it was revealed the same error in the US had resulted in millions of military emails going to Mali.
It was argued that the scale of the British mishap, first reported by The Times, was very small in comparison.
An MoD spokesman said: “We have opened an investigation after a small number of emails were mistakenly forwarded to an incorrect email domain.
“We are confident they did not contain any information that could compromise operational security or technical data.
“All sensitive information is shared on systems designed to minimise the risk of misdirection.
“The MoD constantly reviews its processes and is currently undertaking a programme of work to improve information management, data loss prevention, and the control of sensitive information.”
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