Cabinet official to be charged under Official Secrets Act after document loss

A Cabinet Office official is to be charged under the Official Secrets Act after leaving documents on a train.

 

The individual left the top secret documents on a train to Waterloo in June while on secondment from the Ministry of Defence. The documents were passed to the BBC before being handed to the police, though the BBC reports that the individual will face the sensitive charge under the act and there is no suggestion of criminal intent.

 

The individual is being charged under section 8.1 of the act, the clause which deals with safeguarding information.

 

Speaking to the BBC website, defence correspondent Frank Gardner said the move came as a surprise to many in Whitehall.

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