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A man from Poland stole Britain's secret nuclear submarine documents to sell to his government.


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26 Mar 2015  #1
Polish man 'stole Britain's nuclear submarine documents' to sell them to his government
A POLISH man stole secret documents about Britain's nuclear submarines from a neighbour and tried to sell them to his Government for £50,000, a court heard.
Marcin Kostrzewa, 31, of Plymouth in Devon allegedly broke into Shane Spencer's next door flat and took the restricted files which were stored in his airing cupboard.

Kostrzewa allegedly stole the paperwork after using English and Polish words to search Google using terms like "spy games, spies and secret documents."

He then contacted the Polish embassy and tried to sell the information on.

express.co.uk/news/uk/565923/Polish-Britain-nuclear-submarine-government-Marcin-Kostrzewa
Roger5 1 | 1,458
26 Mar 2015  #3
I know the UK government are trying to cut down on administrative expense, for example archiving space, but storing top secret military files in Shane Spencer's airing cupboard is a cut too far.
gregy741 4 | 1,204
26 Mar 2015  #4
Poland into nuclear submarines?...ahhh,bit more luck,we would have em.so close
Szalawa 3 | 248
26 Mar 2015  #5
This is funny, some ordinary guy got access to such information with ease, imagine that... now this can open a can of worms.
Crow 137 | 7,620
26 Mar 2015  #6
in my opinion its impossible that some simple man, no matter nationality, get access to such an important documents. Its either some journalistic joke (maybe even with intention to be on the account of Poles) or, something more serious- Britain`s provocation of Poland. For what reason, i can`t speculate right now.

on the second thought, reason could be that establishment in Britain wants to point out that is Poland weak point in NATO structure.
Nathans
26 Mar 2015  #7
To make the title sound better, it should read: A man from an European Union country stole... ;)
Crow 137 | 7,620
26 Mar 2015  #8
no. Its even worse title. It would be like that public needs to understand how Poles don`t exist within European Union
Harry
26 Mar 2015  #9
I know the UK government are trying to cut down on administrative expense, for example archiving space, but storing top secret military files in Shane Spencer's airing cupboard is a cut too far.

More details about that:

Kostrzewa broke into the flat of Shane Spencer, who worked as an engineer for the company Babcock at the naval base in Devonport, Plymouth. From time to time Spencer took home documents to work on, and sometimes stored them in his airing cupboard.

theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/25/man-who-tried-to-sell-stolen-secret-nuclear-submarine-documents-jailed

The court heard that Kostrzewa had previous convictions in Poland, where he had served jail terms for burglary, robbery, perverting the course of justice and extortion.

Sounds like a charming gentleman.
Szenk88HTAFC 2 | 47
26 Mar 2015  #10
If the classification was restricted then there would be nothing of value in the documents.

Also if the information was classed as restricted then the information is old, as the classifications have changed, now its either Official, Secret or Top Secret.
DailySpam
26 Mar 2015  #11
Polish Government turned him over to the UK... so even more funny Your in the EU now, you don't have a country!
RubasznyRumcajs 5 | 467
26 Mar 2015  #12
1. you're or you are, not "your"
2. ? and what else could the government do? those documents had nothing that could benefit Poland. are you against extradition?
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
28 Mar 2015  #13
This is funny, some ordinary guy got access to such information with ease

Sounds like a fairy tale :)

and took the restricted files which were stored in his airing cupboard why not in the fridge? :)
he had stolen the contents of a computer hard drive unencrypted? :)
He contacted the Polish embassy to sell these documents why not the Russian? ;)
Mr Spencer's girlfriend Sophie Berriman came to the conclusion :)

We even didn't know how talented spy we have ;)
weeg
28 Mar 2015  #14
Why was this guy taking restricted documents home and keeping them so insecure he did even know they were missing?

if thats not a sackable offense, it should be.
Rw Greenlee
5 Sep 2017  #15
It's proven fact that most poles will steal what they can lay there hands on

Spencer is a swien
jon357 63 | 14,124
5 Sep 2017  #16
if thats not a sackable offense, it should be.

He probably was sacked in the end.

those documents had nothing that could benefit Poland.

Even if they did, he'd probably have been handed over anyway - there have been a few cases like that round the world, and Britain and Poland are friendly countries.

If they didn't, he'd have been on an EAW anyway, so he'd have been extradited automatically, and that would be on the system at any airport should he enter or leave Schengen.


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