Official Secrets Act Breach

Royal Navy submariner admits Official Secrets Act breach.

A Royal Navy submariner has admitted breaching the Official Secrets Act by collecting classified coding programmes that could be useful to UK enemies.

Edward Devenney, 30, originally from County Tyrone, admitted gathering details of “crypto material” – programmes used to encrypt secret data.

The petty officer also admitted a charge of misconduct in a public office after he met two people he thought were Russian spies to discuss UK operations.

He was arrested in Plymouth in March.

Devenney was charged under the Official Secrets Act for collecting information for a purpose “prejudicial to the safety or interests of the state” between 18 November 2011 and 7 March 2012.

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Article courtesy of the BBC.

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