Spiegel: Neighbours Find Secret G7 Documents in Scholz’s Rubbish Bin

Spiegel: Neighbours Find Secret G7 Documents in Scholz’s Rubbish Bin

Spiegel: neighbours of German Chancellor Scholz find secret G7 summit documents in rubbish bin

Neighbours in the house of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his wife Britta Ernst found classified documents containing information on the recent G7 summit in a trash bin, the Spiegel magazine wrote.

According to the media, Ernst, as the Education Minister of Brandenburg, in addition to drafts and other papers related to her work duties, threw in the trash a memo with the characteristics of the G7 leaders and their wives. For instance, it reported that the wife of Mario Draghi, who was then Prime Minister of Italy, was shunned by the public.

The document, drawn up at the German Foreign Office, was stamped “secret – for official use only”, so Scholz’s wife had no right to discard it without disposing of it properly, the paper notes.

“There are strict rules when dealing with classified documents. <…> If the documents are marked for official use, they must be destroyed in such a way that the contents are unrecognisable and cannot be recovered,” the publication said.

Spiegel asked Scholz and his wife to comment on the incident, but neither the chancellor’s office nor the Brandenburg education ministry responded.

In early July, German media reported that several women were drugged with the so-called rape drug at a party of the SPD parliamentary faction, where in addition to Scholz, MPs, Bundestag and constituency staff were present. Faction leader Matthias Martin said in a letter to fellow party members that there had “clearly been assaults” at the party using such drugs. Berlin’s criminal police are investigating what happened.

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