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Former MI6 worker pleads guilty over official secrets




Former MI6 worker pleads guilty over official secrets
Former MI6 worker pleads guilty over official secrets



http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/14/mi6-worker-daniel-houghton-guilty 

By Haroon Siddique and agencies
guardian.co.uk
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 
Secrets act.

The MI5 documents concerned specialist techniques developed by spies for 
gathering intelligence.

Houghton burned many of the files onto DVDs and CDs on his office 
computer before taking them home.

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