Kenya aviation breached Obama security with email on landing, take-off time


A Kenyan aviation official breached US protocol when he sent an email disclosing President Barack Obama’s arrival and departure times.

The official sent an email on the 40-50-minute window when Air force one is scheduled to land and take off, contrary to White House standards, Fox News reported.

The email indicated the time Obama is expected in Kenya on Friday and when he will leave on Sunday.

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It further indicated the times when Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport will be closed for Obama’s arrival.

Fox News said the original email was sent on July 13 to customers, and all JKIA and Wilson airport operators, flight schools and staff.

Secret Service officials did not comment when contacted, the news agency said.

Information regarding Obama’s itinerary during his three-day visit has remained closely guarded by the government and the US embassy, over security concerns.

When photos of vehicles in Obama’s motorcade at the JKIA emerged, the Kenya Airports Authority issued a warning saying they had been leaked to the press and social media.

The US State Department warned citizens that international events such as the conference can be targets of terror attacks.

Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta will co-host the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the UN headquarters in Gigiri.

They will hold bilateral talks at State House, Nairobi and address a joint press conference on Saturday afternoon.

Obama will give an address at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on Sunday, and is also expected to give a public lecture at Kenyatta University.

The date and time for the lecture have not been revealed, but a Marine One and four US military helicopters landed at KU’s amphitheatre for 10-minute drill on Tuesday.

Sources also indicate that the US President may visit his step-grandmother’s home in Nyang’oma Kogelo after all.

Several roads will be closed to facilitate Obama’s movement across the city.

Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way will be closed on Friday afternoon, said Nairobi police commander Benson Kibue.

He said Thika Road, Limuru Road and Waiyaki Way will be closed on Saturday when Obama will be attending the summit.



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