Civil Servant To Be Charged For Official Secrets Breach

A civil servant is to be charged under the Official Secrets Act for leaving classified documents on al Qaeda and the Iraq war on a train.

The male official, who cannot be named, worked in the Cabinet Office's intelligence and security unit, which contributes to the work of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

After the official mislaid the sensitive papers on June 10, he was suspended and interviewed by the police.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, who was handed the files after they were found in an orange cardboard envelope on the seat of a Surrey-bound train from London Waterloo, said the employee would soon be charged by police.

At the time Prime Minister Gordon Brown described the blunder as "very serious".


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