Monday, June 7, 1999 Published at 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Swiss expel former spy
Barred from the USA: Richard Tomlinson
Former MI6 officer Richard Tomlinson - accused of publishing the names of alleged British spies working abroad on the Internet - says he has been told to leave Switzerland immediately by the country's authorities.
The former spy has already been barred from the United States, France, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Mr Tomlinson, who was dismissed by MI6 in 1995, denies government allegations of posting the names on the Internet last month. However, the Swiss authorities have opened an investigation into the allegations.
After being dismissed, he went to live in Spain and, in an attempt to get back at his former employer, wrote articles for the British press.
This, alongside his threats to expose MI6 in detail on the Internet, saw Mr Tomlinson arrested on his return to the UK. In 1997 he became the first MI6 agent to be tried under the Official Secrets Act since George Blake in 1961.
He pleaded guilty and served six months in a British prison.
But several "mirror" sites appeared on the Web, recording thousands of hits.
The Swiss have now asked him to leave, saying his presence is "undesirable". If he returned to the UK he would be re-arrested under the Official Secrets Act.
Mr Tomlinson has stressed that he has not been arrested, but he refuses to comment on his whereabouts or his immediate plans.