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The Associated Press requested an interview Wednesday with the Computer Crime Investigation Unit’s director, Detective Inspector Paul Gillen. He and the police force declined the request, citing their ongoing investigation.

The FBI affidavit suggests Gillen shipped a key email from the FBI _ listing the invitation list and phone passwords for the Jan. 17 conference call _ from his police email account to his private one.

The 15-minute discussion, and the list of security officials, both were leaked on to the Internet. In one telling moment, an FBI official asks about progress on investigating the two Irish hackers, O Cearbhaill and Martyn: “Is anyone on from Ireland?” Silence follows.

Internet security experts said they found it hard to believe that the head of a nation’s cybersecurity unit would ship such a sensitive email to a poorly protected private account, then not bother to participate in the conference call.

“It’s obviously deeply embarrassing,” said Graham Cluley, a technology consultant for data security company Sophos. “It’s a boo-boo. I would hope that more sensitive information isn’t being shared via his personal account.”


Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.