Ryan Parry (Mirror)
From the Times Online, :
Vetting procedures at the royal palaces must be tightened up and a new security director appointed after a reporter managed to get a job with the royal household, an inquiry has concluded.
In the two months that Ryan Parry, an undercover Daily Mirror reporter, spent working as a footman at Buckingham Palace last year, he laid out the Queen’s breakfast and visited the bedroom where President Bush and his wife were to sleep.
After the breach, the independent Security Commission set up an inquiry under Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, a senior judge, to investigate what had gone wrong.
Today she reported that the Palace’s existing security procedures were inadequate. Terrorists could have exploited the loopholes discovered by the press, she warned.
“The most likely sources of insider threat to the Royal Family are from the Press and individuals seeking to ‘test’ security measures or to cause embarrassment,” said the report.
“However any weaknesses which can be exploited by these groups can also be exploited by terrorists.”
The commission’s report also said that the background, criminal record and job references of possible workers at the Palace, including visiting contractors, should be rigorously checked.