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Air Force and Pentagon officials scrambled Monday to remove highly sensitive security details about the two Air Force One jetliners after The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the information had been posted on a public Web site.

The security information — contained in a “technical order” — is used by rescue crews in the event of an emergency aboard various Air Force planes. But this order included details about Air Force One’s anti-missile systems, the location of Secret Service personnel within the aircraft and information on other vulnerabilities that could be used to damage or destroy Air Force One, the Chronicle reported Tuesday.

The technical order first came to light Saturday when the Chronicle revealed its existence — but not any of its sensitive details. The paper reported Tuesday that it purposely withheld publishing the Web site and information from the order that could have compromised security of the two Air Force One jetliners.

The Chronicle also alerted the government to the order’s availability on the Internet. Nonetheless, the Chronicle wrote, a week after they were initially notified, neither the Secret Service nor Air Force officials at Andrews Air Force Base, the home of Air Force One, had caused the document to be removed.

The technical order remained on the Web until Monday afternoon, the paper reported.


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