The Australian has uploaded some of the documents related to the Indian Scorpene submarine, days after it first reported that ‘classified’ information regarding the submarine’s underwater warfare system has been leaked. The newspaper had initially put out some pages of the 22,000 leaked documents, whose authenticity was challenged by many. In response to the challenge, The Australian uploaded a fresh set of documents Thursday on their site.
Today, a source in the French government told Reuters that the papers were not leaked, but were in fact stolen in 2011 by a former French employee training navy personnel in India. The source said that the paper did not contain any critical information related to the operation capabilities of the Scorpene submarine. India has requested the French government to investigate the source of the leak. The Indian Navy, in a statement issued on Thursday, said that the leak does not compromise the operation usefulness of the Scorpene class submarine.
The Indian government signed a $3.5 bn deal with French manufacturer DCNS to build six Scorpene submarines. The agreement also included the training of Indian Navy personnel in operating and maintaining these submarines.