By Haroon Siddique and agencies
14 July 2010
A former British spy who tried to sell top secret files to foreign
agents admitted two offences under the Official Secrets act today.
Daniel Houghton, who worked for MI6 between September 2007 and last May,
was arrested in a Scotland Yard sting at a central London hotel in March
after offering to sell documents to Dutch intelligence agents for 2m.
The information consisted of MI5 files he had accessed while working for
MI6 and a list of his former colleagues with their home addresses and
mobile phone numbers.
Appearing at the royal courts of justice, 25-year-old Houghton denied a
count of theft but admitted two charges of unlawful disclosure of
material relating to security or intelligence contrary to the Official
The MI5 documents concerned specialist techniques developed by spies for
Houghton burned many of the files onto DVDs and CDs on his office
computer before taking them home.
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