An air traffic controller who leaked classified Air Force One flight plans of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo last year on his personal blog, was suspended Friday for three months by the transport ministry.
The incident came to light amid a worldwide travel alert issued by the United States ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The transport ministry said the 56-year-old controller obtained the flight plans -- detailing scheduled routes, transit times, and flight altitude -- from computer screen shots he obtained while working at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
The controller also disclosed data on the U.S. surveillance jet Global Hawk, which has flown above the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant several times since the March 11 tsunami triggered Japan's nuclear crisis.
The controller has told investigators that he wanted his friends to see what he obtained, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper said.
Since the incident came to light, the transport ministry has imposed new restrictions on air traffic controllers. They are now forbidden from posting information about their work on blogs, and are not allowed to bring cameras and cell phones into the control tower.© Japan Today