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UK News Civil servant arrested on suspicion of breaching Official Secrets Act

12:30  18 october  2020
12:30  18 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The penalty for breaching the Official Secrets Act is a maximum jail term of 14 years if the crime relates to spying or sabotage under the 1911 or In September 2017 a 65-year-old woman contracted to carry out government work was arrested by counter-terror cops on suspicion of breaching the act .

An Official Secrets Act (OSA) is legislation that provides for the protection of state secrets and official information, mainly related to national security.

Police said counter-terrorism officers have arrested a man for allegedly breaching the Official Secrets Act as it was reported that the civil servant was responsible for the leaked diplomatic cables which led the UK’s ambassador to Washington to resign.

a man wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Lord Darroch resigned from his Washington post over leaked diplomatic cables (Niall Carson/PA) © Niall Carson Lord Darroch resigned from his Washington post over leaked diplomatic cables (Niall Carson/PA)

Lord Darroch was forced to stand down last year after messages he wrote criticising the Trump White House as “inept” and “dysfunctional” were leaked to the press.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers from the force’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested a man in London on Tuesday “on suspicion of offences under the Official Secrets Act and misconduct in a public office”.

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A senior civil servant was fined today after pleading guilty to leaving top secret intelligence documents on a commuter train.Richard Jackson, 37, admitted breaching the Official Secrets Richard Jackson, 37, fined after breaching Official Secrets Act by leaving confidential files on national security on train.

A man was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers in Plymouth, Devon, on suspicion of breaching the Official Secrets Act . He was taken to Charles Cross Police Station in Plymouth, where he As well as being held under the Official Secrets Act 1911, he was also arrested on suspicion of theft.

“The man was taken to a London police station and was subsequently released on police bail to a date in mid-November. Inquiries continue,” the spokesman said in a statement.


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The Mail on Sunday reported that the civil servant is employed at the Department for International Trade, which the paper said has suspended him on full pay amid its own internal inquiry. The department did not respond to a request for comment.

Lord Darroch, then Sir Kim, resigned from his post in Washington last July, saying his position had become “impossible” following the leak which prompted the US president to brand him “a very stupid guy” with whom the White House could not work.

Boris Johnson, a Tory leadership candidate at the time, faced stiff criticism for failing to fully support the diplomat.

Following the incident, MPs said a “corrosive culture of leaking” at the heart of Whitehall should be tackled with a robust approach and tougher sanctions.

The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee suggested a review of Foreign Office classification measures for sensitive messages and suggested that leakers could face being stripped of their pensions and be made to pay for the cost of investigations.

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