Foreign Office: Damaged records 'recently discovered'

The Foreign Office said it was only recently discovered that records of flights passing through an overseas territory used by the US for extraordinary rendition had been lost to "water damage".

A spokeswoman said:

The British Indian Ocean Territory administration is responsible for records of flights on Diego Garcia and they are investigating the full extent of the damage, how many records and what information is affected.

The damage was only recently discovered so it is unknown how exactly or when it occurred.

Read: Foreign Office accused of cover-up over 'water damaged' records

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Damaged terror flight records 'have dried out'

Records for flights used to take terror suspects to a US base on a British territory in the Indian Ocean have "dried out" after apparently suffering water damage. The Foreign Office was accused of a cover-up over the records.