Former MI6 man Daniel Houghton admits secrecy breach

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

    Daniel Houghton, 25, was accused of stealing material and disclosing the files.

    He denied the theft charge at the Royal Courts of Justice and this plea was accepted by the prosecution.

    Houghton, of Hoxton, east London, worked for the Secret Intelligence Service between 2007 and 2009. He has been remanded in custody.

    The judge Mr Justice Bean said a prison term was "inevitable" and gave the prosecution permission to obtain expert psychiatric reports ahead of sentencing on 3 September at the Old Bailey.

    Houghton had tried to sell copies of electronic files containing details of information gathering software and staff lists to Dutch agents for £2m.
    'Champagne lifestyle'

    The Dutch authorities then tipped off MI5.

    Agents from the Netherlands are understood to have bugged and filmed him as he displayed the files and offered to provide them with lists of MI5 agents he had worked with.

    The price was negotiated down to £900,000 and immediately after Houghton handed over the files on 1 March he was arrested while carrying a suitcase containing the cash.

    When police searched his flat they discovered paperwork marked top secret.

    A computer memory stick was found containing 7,000 files while a hard drive with top secret documents stored on it was also discovered.

    MI6, who vetted Houghton before employing him, declined to comment on the security breach.

    Police sources said Houghton appeared to have been motivated by greed.

    One senior source said he was living a "champagne lifestyle on ginger beer wages".

    BBC News - Former MI6 man Daniel Houghton admits secrecy breach
     
  2. I've seen a picture of him. He looks about 12. Should be popular in prison! Hope he enjoys a lengthy stay.
     
  3. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Wow! 2 Million quid for some paperwork.

    I'll top that.

    If any Foreign agents fancy buying some pics I have of the inside of a couple of nuclear subs just give me a shout. I'll admit most of them have naked matelots in them and a few of them could be described as vulgar, especially the one of big Taff doing the beer bong through his clay pipe, but I'm sure you will find something useful on there.
     
  4. Why the hell would you offer this stuff to the Dutch (assuming he thought they were from the Dutch intelligence service), surely the Russians or someone would be more interested? The French I am sure would play ball ......
     
  5. He's got dual Brit / Dutch nationality, that might have something to do with it. Or he's just an attention seeking prat. But yes, I see exactly what you mean, they hardly qualify as a Hostile Intelligence Service do they?? And yes, the Frogs would have loved to play ball!
     
  6. It was a shocking display of naivety from someone who is paid to administer Intelligence Documents. The Sony hard-drive probably contained a terrabyte of bestial pornography with poorly spelled Dutch subtitles.

    MI6 have refused to comment on the shocking breach. The Dutch war-machine have obviously intimidated them...
     
  7. Looks like the Vauxhall Cross Spiritualist Society are recruiting from junior kindergarten these days./images/icons/icon6.png

    No wonder Le Carre called it the 'Circus'.
     
  8. bet he wont go to jail, charmi chakrabarti and the usual left-wing band of human rights ***** will see to that.

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  9. Why do they use DVD drives and USB drives, I've worked for a company that handled financial information and all the PCs had no dvd-rom drives or USB ports.

    Given the looneys they seem to recruit I would have thought it common sense to anyone with half a brain cell.
     

  10. Ouch............. A relatively junior IT bod not that long in post decides to have a punt. No big deal in the scheme of things. Bet his VO has an interview without coffee.
     
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    Edited to add : The BBC did say that he was an 'Officer' in that aforementioned organisation but they could have got it wrong I suppose.

    I bet the boys and girls at 12 Millbank are pissing themselves after the Shayler doings.
     
  12. apprantly if might not be all there trick cyclists reports are being prepared selling mi5 secrets to a hostile power the dutch don't naturally spring to mind ok we burned copenhagen but I think they forgave us eventually
    bet the dutch were confused.
    french would have paid up and given him asylum :) just for the lols
     
  13. Are you saying Copenhagen has moved to the Netherlands?
     
  14. comprehensive education thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it ductch danes they begin with d
     
  15. Because any one with have a brain cell could still get at the data even if the PC attached to the network didn't have a DVD or USB drive. ;)