US Embassy plans posted online

File this under WTF: Baghdad embassy plans appear on Internet


Detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad appeared online Thursday in a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project.

Computer-generated projections of the soon-to-be completed, heavily fortified compound were posted on the Web site of the Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm that was contracted to design the massive facility in the Iraqi capital.

The images were removed by Berger Devine Yaeger Inc. shortly after the company was contacted by the State Department.

Actually, the plans that were posted don’t seem to have been too terribly “detailed”, and the question if they are the final designs or earlier proposals has not been answered (and rightly so).

Still this is absolutely ludicrous.

“People are eventually going to figure out where all these places are, but you don’t have to draw them a map”

Hopefully there are no small thermal exhaust ports, right below the main port, that lead directly to the reactor system. And if there are, I hope they’re ray shielded. Hitting such a port with torpedoes would be impossible, even for a computer.

UPDATE: Wouldn’t it be absolutely sweet if this was an intentional leak of misinformation, meant to tie up insurgent analysts?

UPDATE 2: Of course, if it was misinformation, Murdoc would be giving away the game by pointing out the possibility.

UPDATE 3: Also of course, Murdoc “giving away the game” (wink, wink) might be part of the game plan. Don’t you love this stuff?


  1. I have worked on the designs of US embassies in the past and can assure you that any drawings are split up between individual contractors such that any individual set does not constitute a complete set. No one on this type of high security project knows what the whole thing looks like (drawings having the complete details and not blanked out areas) with a complete set except for the project coordinator at the State Department. Every civilian on the project has a little quilt piece to the overall project that gets stitched together by different contractors who are kept in the dark about different parts of the project outside of their direct responsibility.