[Ed. – Yes, evacuation is imminent. And we’re preparing for the possibility of having to skedaddle. It’s typical to destroy records and IT equipment for a full-blown evacuation; ordering it done without delay means this is not envisioned to be a leisurely process.]
Evoking scenes from the movie Argo, staff at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, have reportedly been directed to begin the process of destroying computers and sensitive documents in preparation to evacuate the outpost.
A memo obtained by National Public Radio outlines the steps American diplomats are taking:
The memo was written for staff at the embassy and shared with NPR on condition of anonymity.
Most will be evacuated by 3,000 U.S. troops on their way to Kabul to ensure a safe and orderly departure. The embassy will be evacuated and a very small consular staff will work in Kabul, the memo noted. …