The man who triggered the storm behind the Scorpene submarine leak that left New Delhi and French government-owned submarine builder DCNS red-faced has been revealed as one Rex Patrick, an advisor to Australian senator Nick Xenophon, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. According to the daily, the senator knew what his staffer was up to and seem to have supported him. The leak also raised questions in Australia about the security of their own US $50 billion submarine building program under its partnership with DCNS.
Over 22,000 pages of secret data on the capabilities of six highly-advanced submarines being built for the Indian Navy in Mumbai in collaboration with French defence company DCNS were leaked. The data leak reportedly happened overseas. It included information on Indian submarines’ stealth capabilities and other highly sensitive data on sonar, diving, noise and combat system.
Previously, the defence ministry had written to DCNS asking them for details about the extent of the leak and how data relating to the Scorpene’s intelligence gathering frequencies and other features was out in the open.