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British ex-spy charged

2010-03-03 13:00

London - A former member of Britain's foreign intelligence agency was charged with revealing information about spying techniques, police said.

Daniel Houghton, 25 and an ex-member of spy agency MI6, was accused under the Official Secrets Act of disclosing electronic files about intelligence gathering at the Central Criminal Court, better known as London's Old Bailey.

He was arrested on Monday in London, the same day he stands accused of revealing the files, said London's Metropolitan Police.

"Being a person who has been a member of the security and intelligence services, without lawful authority you disclosed articles relating to security or intelligence," reads the charge against him.

The files "were in your possession by virtue of your position as a former member of the British Secret Intelligence Service [MI6]", it said.

Houghton faces a second charge of stealing electronic files containing similar information from domestic intelligence agency MI5, also at the Old Bailey.

He was accused of taking the property over a period of almost two years, between September 2007 and May 2009.

Houghton, from north London, appeared in court later on Wednesday, said police.