Ex-UK spy jailed for 1 year

2010-09-04 08:00

London - A former MI6 spy agency employee has been sentenced to one year in prison for trying to sell top secret information to Dutch secret agents.

Daniel Houghton has admitted violating Britain's secrecy act by trying to sell the files.

The Dutch agents told British agents about the proposal, leading to Houghton's arrest at a London hotel in March.

Prosecutors say the information he was peddling included staff lists and personal details that could have endangered agents.

MI6 is Britain's overseas intelligence service.

Judge David Bean sentenced Houghton on Friday, calling him "a strange young man" guilty of an "act of betrayal".

He is expected to be released shortly because he has already served nearly half of his prison time while awaiting sentencing.