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Oops! U.K. budget leaked on Twitter

The contents of Chancellor George Osborne's famous red briefcase gets early exposure as the Evening Standard erroneously tweets its front page ahead of time.

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The U.K. budget was leaked on Twitter today, granting politically minded surfers a sneak peek at George Osborne's number crunching ahead of time.

The key aspects of the chancellor's new measures -- including plans for the U.K.'s Internet speeds -- emerged early when London's Evening Standard newspaper tweeted its front page, which detailed the most crucial aspects of the annual ploy to make the U.K. more economically healthy.

The Standard posted an apology on its site, with editor Sarah Sands saying, "An investigation is immediately under way into how this front page was made public." The person who sent the tweet has been suspended while that investigation happens, the newspaper boss says.

Read more of "UK budget leaked on Twitter as government restates 4G vow" at Crave UK.