Thursday, May 13, 1999 Published at 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
War of words over spy claims
An injunction forbidding identification of Mr Tomlinson has been lifted
A former spy accused of endangering the lives of British intelligence agents and diplomats is engaged in an uneasy stand-off with the UK Government.
The site has been removed after the UK Government's Treasury Solicitor wrote to the service provider, drawing its attention to the injunction brought against Tomlinson's Swiss Web pages.
'Names MI6 recruiter'
And the full list of 116 alleged MI6 officers is on another site which the BBC has discovered on the Web.
It also names a Cambridge University professor it claims is a "leading recruiter of MI6 agents".
The managing editor of a US magazine has told the BBC it published an online article on Monday which named 120 alleged MI6 officers.
The print version went to press on Wednesday and the management are discussing whether to let it reach US news-stands.
Tomlinson has accused the UK Government of "exaggerating" the damage done by his actions and says the names he published were already in the public domain.
'Endangering agents' lives'
But Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has accused Tomlinson of endangering the lives of people working for the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), formerly known as MI6.
Mr Cook condemned his action and said "not all the names" on the list had a connection with the SIS.
Mr Cook said Tomlinson nursed a "deep seated and irrational grievance" against his former employers.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "To say we are exaggerating the damage he is doing is rubbish. Not only is he putting the lives of SIS agents at risk but he is risking the lives of wholly innocent people."
Ex-MI6 agent chased
He said the information on his Website was already in the public domain and added: "Her Majesty's government is over-reacting for public effect to stigmatise my efforts.
"The names of MI6 officers are the ones I cited in my affidavit on MI6 and Princess Diana."
When Tomlinson testified at the inquiry in Paris into the Princess of Wales's death he claimed her chauffeur, Henri Paul, was an MI6 employee.
The Foreign Office spokesman said Tomlinson was being disingenuous in claiming the names were already in the public domain.
He said: "While the names may be in the public domain, the fact that they are SIS agents is not."
'Jumping to conclusions'
The former agent, who now lives in Geneva, contacted BBC News by e-mail on Thursday and said: "People are jumping to the wrong conclusion. My Website doesn't contain any names".
Tomlinson was released on probation after six months of his one-year sentence and has been pursued around the world since by UK Government injunctions.
Tomlinson was born in New Zealand and served MI6 in Bosnia, Russia and the Middle East. The row is a major embarrassment for MI6, who appointed a new chief, Richard Dearlove, back in February.