According to , more and more sensitive defense equipment items are showing up on Craigslist, eBay, and online military surplus sites. Much of the haul amounts to thermal imaging binoculars and night vision equipment, some of which was previously reported as having been sold by the manufacturer, BAE Systems, in Pakistan.
The equipment largely comes from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, which has been criticized for a lack of oversight and budget inflation. Thus far, the program has cost more than $18 billion.
In a Pentagon brief leaked to The Intercept, the Department of Defense urged aid in finding any items which may have come from the program, lest they fall into the hands of "foreign entities" who would use them against the U.S. or its NATO allies. All of them reportedly fall under the provisions of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, which prohibit their sale. The Pentagon is blaming "poor accountability controls" on the leak.