Former MI6 man Daniel Houghton discloses thousands of top secret documents
By Simon Thorpe on Jul 15, 2010
Shocking news just reached me that 25 year old Daniel Houghton working for MI6, the British Government Secret Service, has said he was "directed by voices" after admitting charges of unlawfully disclosing top secret material. The judge said his chances of jail time are "inevitable"!
Daniel seems to have been driven by greed in an attempt to sell documents he had been collecting (later found on a USB key and a hard disk at his home) to the Dutch intelligence services for £2M GBP ($3M USD). The Dutch then tipped off MI5, the Military Intelligence boys who in turn had a word in the ear of MI6...
He was then 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. This is the stuff of the movies!
Police were stunned to discover the top-secret information he had casually taken, including 'techniques for intelligence collection' and personal information about spies, stashed under the double-bed in his small bedroom. There were over 7,000 files they collected from his home flat, and who knows what other data they may not have recovered. How on earth was someone with Daniel Houghton's character get employed with one of the worlds most powerful secret services? Gordon Corera, security correspondent for the BBC says, "But even though he was easily caught, the fact that he was recruited into MI6 and then was able to smuggle so much information out of the building will raise questions about how tight security and vetting procedures really are at the Secret Intelligence Service."
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