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U.S. Embassy in Kabul Told to Destroy Files in Case Taliban Wins

  • ‘Reduce the amount of sensitive material’: memo to staff
  • Memo says to destroy images that could be used for propaganda
Murals along the walls at a quiet U.S. embassy in Kabul on July 30.
Murals along the walls at a quiet U.S. embassy in Kabul on July 30.Photographer: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

The U.S. embassy staff in Kabul has been told to start destroying sensitive material, underscoring that the Biden administration is preparing for the possibility that the embassy will be overrun by the Taliban despite public assurances that the building remains in operation.

The management notice to all American personnel, sent early Friday from the embassy facilities manager, asks staff to “reduce the amount of sensitive material on the property,” according to a copy obtained by Bloomberg News. It asks that they destroy anything with U.S. logos, flags “or items which could be misused in propaganda efforts.”