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Restricted US Military items have turned up for sale on Ebay and Craigslist, including fighter plane parts and biohazard suits

Investigators from the US Government’s Accountability Office have revealed military items including parts for F-14 fighter jets have turned up for sale on eBay and Craigslist.

The agents were able to purchase more than a dozen items including biological equipment and warplane parts, despite the fact that the items were on the US Munitions List – limiting their sale outside the US.

The GAO’s report stated “there are few safeguards to prevent sensitive and stolen defense-related items from being sold to either domestic or foreign users of these sites.”

Going on to say: “Many of the sensitive items we purchased could have been used directly against our troops and allies, or reverse engineered to develop counter measures or equivalent technologies.”

The report commented that the Iranian military was currently seeking F-14 components, one of a number of items that were available for sale online to the highest bidder.

EBay says that it has more than 113 million items listed for sale at any given time and that military goods account for well under one-tenth of 1 percent of those.

Source: CNN

Reported by Cec Busby