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The British Ministry of Defense has apologized for the “accidental” leak of email addresses of more than 250 Afghan translators seeking to travel to the UK.

London acknowledged that the Taliban had left behind three hundred deserving Afghans who needed to withdraw en masse after the Taliban returned to power.

The BBC Network reports that the emails of more than 250 people were incorrectly included in the e-mail sent by the Defense Ministry team and exposed.

Many of these emails include a photo of an Afghan expert.

One translator told the BBC that “this mistake could cost translators lives, especially those in Afghanistan.”

On Monday night (20), a Defense Ministry spokesman said, “An investigation has been launched into the information breach with the help of policy for the Afghanistan Resettlement Commission.”

“We apologize to all those affected by this violation and see to it that this does not happen again,” the spokesman said.

The bug is about Afghans, who are still in their own country and are being hidden from the Taliban, the BBC reports, adding that some of these professionals are in other countries.

The news agency told translators that the team was doing all it could to relocate them. At the same time, email recipients were warned not to leave their current location if they felt it was unsafe to do so.

The ministry sent another message, 30 minutes later, asking them to change their email addresses.

The data breach angered conservative Congressman Johnny Mercer, who called it a “criminal negligence act.”

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A few weeks ago, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there were 311 people in Afghanistan who were eligible for the British Exchange and Assistance Program, much like interpreters.

“We will do everything we can to make sure they are in the safe passage they deserve,” Johnson told parliament.

Between the British and Afghanistan, Britain withdrew more than 15,000 people from Afghanistan since the Taliban regained power in Kabul.

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