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Saturday, 26 February, 2000, 12:00 GMT
British government sues Shayler



The British government is suing an exiled former officer of its domestic secret service, MI5, who is wanted in Britain for breaking the Official Secrets Act.

Government officials have issued a writ accusing the former officer, David Shayler, of breaches of confidence, contract and copyright laws on files held by MI5 and the British overseas secret service, MI6.

The move is the latest in a long-running battle by Britain to silence Mr Shayler who has been fighting attempts to extradite him from exile in France.

Mr Shayler came to public attention when he made a number of allegations about the secret services, including claims that they were involved in a plot to assassinate the Libyan leader , Colonel Gaddafi.

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