Whitehall official fined £2,500 for leaving secret al-Qaida files on train
A senior Whitehall official who left highly classified intelligence documents about al-Qaida and the capabilities of the Iraqi security forces on a train was fined £2,500 today by Westminster magistrates court after admitting negligence.
Richard Jackson, 37, who was on secondment from the Ministry of Defence to the Cabinet Office at the time, 37, of Yateley, Hampshire, was charged under a section of the Official Secrets Act covering the safeguarding of information.
It is the first prosecution of its kind and it had been widely assumed in Whitehall he would be disciplined by internal procedures rather than charged under the criminal law. The court heard he had already taken a “drastic” pay cut and effectively been demoted by three grades.
I don’t know the facts, but it seems rather odd someone who is a senior official forgets such documents in a train, isn’t it?