Daniel Houghton, 25, a former MI6 agent appeared in court charged with trying to sell top-secret files. He was arrested at a London hotel on Monday. He is alleged to have handed over memory cards and a hard drive containing information. The prosecutor told the court that Houghton, who is unmarried and holds joint British and Dutch nationality, began working for the security service in September 2007. The files in Houghton’s possession were of the highest security classified rating.
Houghton was charged with two counts that he breached the Official Secrets Act in that he stole property belonging to the British security service and that he disclosed information relating to security or intelligence.