Feeds

MoD man 'faces Official Secrets trial' for leaving files on train

Charge docs somewhere between CPS and Met police

3 Big data security analytics techniques

The Cabinet Office official who left secret intelligence documents on a train seems set to face criminal charges under the Official Secrets Act.

At least he might if anyone tracks down the files on the case.

The unnamed official, who was on secondment from the Ministry of Defence, left the orange envelope on a seat when he got off the Waterloo to Surrey train back in June.

The two documents, on Iraq's security forces and another on al-Qaeda vulnerabilities, were prepared for the Joint Intelligence Committee. The documents, marked "UK Top Secret" were found by a member of the public who passed them to the BBC which gave them to the police.

The government announced an official inquiry into the loss. The story broke the day after the government won the right to intern suspected terrorists for 42 days.

The Crown Prosecution Service has recommended that the civil servant is to be charged under section 8.1 of the Official Secrets Act, the BBC reports.

However, there appears to be some confusion as to exactly what the authorities plan to do.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service told the Register: "We have given our advice to the police on this and are not prepared to discuss what that advice is."

But a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police told us it had handed a file to the CPS in July but had not yet heard back from them.

The Cabinet Office and MoD declined to comment.®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments
Antenna-array content streamers: 'Ruling against us could dissipate the cloud'
German space centre endures cyber attack
Chinese code retrieved but NSA hack not ruled out
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.