STRATHBLANE, Scotland, July 19 (UPI) -- Three U.S. air marshals who took a side trip to a Scottish distillery on their way to the G8 summit lost sensitive documents left in their car.
"They were red-faced ... and it wasn't the whisky they had been sampling," a source at the Glengoyne distillery told the Glasgow Herald.
The marshals were part of an advance party of White House and State Department aides who landed at Prestwick Airport before the Group of Eight meeting at Gleneagles. They rented a car and then drove to the distillery, about 15 miles north of Glasgow.
"We reckon they were followed by hard-core G8 protesters," the source said. "No one here can remember the last time a car was broken into in the car park."
When the marshals realized they had been robbed of documents on security and travel plans for higher-ups attending the conference as well as their identification, they demanded a private telephone, the source told the Herald. Officers from Britain's Special Branch arrived quickly, followed by U.S. agents who searched nearby fields.