Claire‘ll have a thing or two to say about this one.
Katharine Gun, formerly of UK snooping centre GCHQ (direct descendant of Bletchley Park), has been acquitted of charges under the Official Secrets Act, having told the World that the US had asked the British to tap the phones of representatives of anti-Iraq war countries.
I am not alone in noticing that, given her outlook on life, she chose a pretty strange job. For example, how many successful spies say things like this?:
“Obviously I’m not prone to leak secrets left, right and centre… but this needed to get out, the public deserved to know what was going on at the time”
It’s alright, chaps; she doesn’t make a habit of leaking; we’ll let her off this time.
And doesn’t this seem a smidgen naïve from a professional spook?:
“I’m just baffled in the 21st century we as human beings are still dropping bombs on each other as a means to resolve issues.”
Obviously we should have taken the Tony Benn approach and just invited Saddam and Slobodan over for a nice cup of tea—instead of getting all shirty and 20th century about things.
Talking of professional spooks, ex-spy and self-publicizing “whistleblower” David Shaylor chimes in in the same BBC report with this:
“If the intelligence services are going to do things that are illegal they have to expect people to whistleblow.”
Omigod. We wouldn’t want members of the intelligence agencies breaking the law on Her Majesty’s service, would we? Where would it end?