Pentagon probes leak Boeing security credentials for Air Force One – WSJ

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(RockedBuzz via Reuters) – The US Department of Defense (DOD) is examining why Boeing Co employees worked on current and future Air Force One planes without the safety credentials required for highly classified jets, according to as reported Thursday by the Wall Street Journal.

Pentagon and Boeing officials also looked into how long it had been since workers lacked current safety credentials, the report said, citing an official and a person familiar with the matter.

The report said the security breach affected some 250 Boeing employees who gained access to jets now in use by the US president and under development in San Antonio.

The US Air Force, DOD and Boeing did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Boeing notified the Pentagon of the security shortfall on March 14, the paper said, citing an Air Force spokeswoman.

The company learned of the issue while “conducting a review of its employee records,” the spokeswoman told the WSJ.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bangalore; Editing by Pooja Desai)

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