Feeds

MP expenses leaker may never be found

Dibble drops investigation

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is ending its investigation into who leaked politicians' expenses information to the media.

The Met's Economic and Specialist Crime Command met lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service yesterday to discuss misuse of Parliamentary expenses. The group will meet again, but for now there has been no decision to start an investigation.

Meanwhile, the police have decided to drop any investigation into who leaked the information and how they got it, presumably from a secure computer.

The Met said: "We have considered a range of offences and although the leak of documents is not something that the MPS(Met Police Service) would condone, we have looked at the likelihood of a successful prosecution and whether a prosecution is appropriate given other potential sanctions that might be available."

The Met explained the decision: "The public interest defence would be likely to prove a significant hurdle." Police noted that the documents were not related to national security, and were mainly due to be released anyway.

It is believed that an ex-SAS man, John Wick, acted as middleman in selling the discs on.

Although much of the information was due to be released anyway the issue of "flipping" - switching your main residence so as to claim for maintenance and improvements - was only revealed because the uncensored forms were released.

After watching this government's repeated failure to look after our private data, it is hard to feel sympathy when information about how they pissed our money up the wall is leaked.

In not entirely unrelated news, the Speaker of the House Michael Martin has resigned. In an extremely brief statement Martin said the House was at its best when united, and in order to maintain that unity he would relinquish the post of speaker.

He quits 21 June, and there will be an election for a new speaker on 22 June. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.