Police Inform U.S. Secret Service About Leaked Document Related to President Biden’s Trip to Belfast
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) informed the U.S. Secret Service on Wednesday about local media reports claiming that a document related to President Joe Biden’s recent trip to Belfast was discovered on a city street. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the document originated from the PSNI and contained information about road closures, commander assignments, and phone numbers regarding Biden’s visit to Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel. The man who discovered the document contacted a BBC radio show about it. He claimed that the document contains potentially sensitive material related to law enforcement.
The Secret Service Denies Reports that Biden’s Movements Were Affected
In response, Anthony Guglielmi, a Secret Service spokesperson, stated that the president’s visit was not affected by the documents’ circulation. He added that Jocelyn Keaveny, the senior Secret Service official overseeing Biden’s visit, expressed confidence in the agency’s Irish and European partners’ ongoing security arrangements. “The President’s movements were not affected by these reports,” he said.
President Biden’s Visit to Northern Ireland to Mark the Good Friday Agreement Anniversary
On Wednesday, President Biden visited Northern Ireland to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended conflict in the area. The remainder of his trip will be spent in the Republic of Ireland, where he will investigate his family tree. The schedule includes trips to County Louth, home to his maternal ancestors, where he visited on Wednesday. James Finnegan, Biden’s great-grandfather, moved with his family from the area to the United States.
President Biden Expected to Meet with Irish Officials
On Thursday, President Biden is expected to meet with Irish President, Michael Higgins, and Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and address a joint session of the Irish Parliament. In the day’s evening, he will attend a banquet at Dublin Castle.