Front runner in the Tory leadership race Boris Johnson inadvertently revealed to 1.2 million listeners the launch codes for US nuclear submarines.
The blooper came when Mr Johnson was being interviewed by Moscow Today, a radio broadcast for ex-pat Russians living in the UK.
He was hoping the interview would persuade Russian members of the Conservative party to vote for him in the coming election.
It is believed several prominent oligarchs, some already under investigation for being Russian, were listening and taking notes.
The boo-boo occurred when the interviewer challenged Mr Johnson on his memory. Mr Johnson replied that he could easily remember long strings of numbers and reeled off a sequence which we are forbidden to repeat but which can be found in Russian embassies around the world. And on Google.
“See,” he said. “How many people could remember those nuclear sub codes, eh?” And then he was heard to remark: “Oops.”
With the consent of the UK government Mr Johnson was interviewed by US officials about how he gained access to the codes in the first place.
Mr Johnson said he was given the codes “in strictest confidence” as a measure of trust and good faith and he cannot reveal his confidential CIA source with a coke habit who had access to the War Room.
A UK government spokesperson said Mr Johnson has always had the government’s full confidence and was privy to the very most secret secrets.”
They added that the UK nuclear submarine codes are changed every time Boris gives an interview.
If you had a nuclear submarine, would you need a bigger bath?
How many of your secrets has Boris disclosed to the world?
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