Archive for the 'official secrets act' Category

MI6 worker jailed for trying to sell secrets – Daily Telegraph

“But Houghton, 25, will be released almost immediately because he has already served half the term while on remand. The software engineer from Hoxton, east London, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Official Secrets Act at an earlier hearing.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Former MI6 man Daniel Houghton admits secrecy breach – BBC News

“A former MI6 worker from London has pleaded guilty to two offences under the Official Secrets Act.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v James (Daniel) – Times Law Reports

Regina v James (Daniel)

Court of Appeal

“A member of the Armed Forces, however junior, serving abroad in a theatre of military operations, who chose to disclose information which might be of use to an enemy of the United Kingdom, or prejudicial to the interest and safety of his colleagues serving in a war zone, must expect a lengthy sentence for deterrence and punishment, even if the information disclosed was not proved to have caused any actual damage.”

The Times, 1st July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

30-year official secrets rule may be changed to 15 – The Independent

“The 30-year rule on government secrets should be changed to 15 years, allowing confidential papers from the Thatcher and Major administrations to be revealed, an official review is expected to recommend.”

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The Independent, 11th January 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Civil servant ‘who left files on train’ to appear in court – Daily Telegraph

“A senior civil servant who allegedly lost highly sensitive intelligence files relating to al-Qaeda and Iraq on a train has been summoned to appear in court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lost data official to be charged – BBC News

“The Cabinet Office official who left top-secret documents on a train in June is to be charged under the Official Secrets Act, the BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 29th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Officer told he would face trial if bugging was revealed – The Guardian

“Scotland Yard officers threatened a former policeman with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act if he divulged what he knew about a covert operation in which an MP’s conversations were bugged, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Civil servant who leaked rendition secrets goes free – The Guardian

“Secrets charges against a Foreign Office civil servant were dramatically dropped at the Old Bailey yesterday after it emerged that senior figures within his own department had privately admitted no harm was done by his leaking a series of Whitehall documents.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-major loses case against MoD – BBC News

“An ex-Army major who claims his career was ruined after he was arrested on suspicion of spying has lost the bulk of his High Court action for damages.”

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BBC News, 9th November 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Army officer sues for £1m over spy claim – Daily Telegraph

“A former Paratrooper whose career was destroyed after he was falsely accused of spying is to sue the Government for record damages.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

In re Times Newspapers Ltd and others [2007] EWCA Crim 1925 – WLR Daily

In re Times Newspapers Ltd and others [2007] EWCA Crim 1925

A judge in a criminal trial had power to prevent publication of a question and answer exchange which took place in open court but which should have taken place in camera. Publication of speculation as to the content of evidence that was given in camera could constitute a contempt of court.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

In re Times Newspapers Ltd and Others – Times Law Reports

Contempt warning about speculation in press

In re Times Newspapers Ltd and Others 

Court of Appeal

“A judge in a criminal trial could prohibit the publication of a question-and answer-exchange that took place in open court when it should have occurred in camera. The publication of speculation as to the content of evidence that was given in camera could amount to a contempt of court.”

The Times, 31st July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Ban over secrets trial ‘is nonsensical’ for media – The Times

“A contempt of court ruling in an Official Secrets Act trial at the Old Bailey created a ‘nonsensical situation’ for the media, a QC said yesterday.”

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The Times, 11th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Freedom of information: Government could be forced to publish secrets of Iraq memo – The Independent

“What did Tony Blair tell George Bush when they discussed Iraq? Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, considers how the Freedom of Information Act might provide the answer.”

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The Independent, 11th May 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Men who tried to leak Bush memo jailed – The Independent

“A civil servant and an MP’s researcher were jailed for disclosing the contents of a secret memo recording discussions between Tony Blair and George Bush about the war in Iraq.”

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The Independent, 11th May 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Two found guilty over Bush-Blair memo leak – The Guardian

“A civil servant and an MP’s researcher were today found guilty of leaking a secret memo detailing talks between George Bush and Tony Blair on the Iraq war.”

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The Guardian, 10th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Leaders’ talks must stay secret – Blair adviser – The Guardian

“Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the prime minister’s top foreign policy adviser, told an Old Bailey jury yesterday that private talks between world leaders must remain secret however illegal or morally abhorrent the nature of their discussions.”

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The Guardian, 26th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Secrets leak’ civil servant opposed Iraq war – The Times

“A civil servant accused of leaking a highly classified document about the Government’s policy on Iraq admitted to Scotland Yard that he opposed the war, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. David Keogh, 50, who was employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office but seconded to a Cabinet Office communications centre beneath the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, has pleaded not guilty to breaching the Official Secrets Act 1989.”

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The Times, 24th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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