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WhatDoTheyKnow is fantastic for people who want to make and browse FOI requests to public authorities, but every once in a while it throws up a mistake by a public official that is too good to miss out on. 

The most recent, which may be my favourite failed reply ever, involves a panicked Ministry of Defence official sending an internal email to the site.

Requester G Rowland asked the MoD for a copy of: “Service Justice Risk Assessment Matrix” and some specific contents of it.

Here’s the reply that was accidentally sent back by the Defence body.


To make things even better when Rowland spotted the failed message this is what happened:

Thank you for acknowledging the existence of the document.

Could you please arrange all draft versions to be provided in addition.

I wonder what Geoff has got to worry about…

H/T Richard Taylor

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.