Perhaps there is something of a romantic view of this situation but when an embassy has to be evacuated in a hurry there are certain procedures that must be followed. We have seen recently with problems in Sudan that a swift evacuation of embassy staff has to happen whilst maintaining the ability to help those British nationals that remain behind or are in desperate need of assistance for evacuation as well. There are many examples from the past where this has been the case. The Fall of Saigon for example as American troops rapidly withdrew and staff desperately left in the few available helicopters. There have been other examples where staff have had to be removed quickly for their own safety.
One of the most important elements of withdrawal is that you have to make sure that you have removed all vital evidence of the embassy’s actions over the years it has been in existence. If embassy staff have access to the Confidential shredding Swindon based company www.printwaste.co.uk/confidential-shredding/confidential-shredding-swindon Then they would have had a very easy job on their hands indeed.
If the cinematic media representation of such highly dramatic events are to be believed there is a certain desperate destruction of anything that can be found to be secret. The images of embassy staff quickly passing through as many official documents through a shredder as they can, or cramming everything into a diplomatic bag to be sealed and returned to the home land is quite iconic.