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Former MI6 man sent for Old Bailey trial

15 April 10 18:42 GMT

A former MI6 officer has been sent for trial at the Old Bailey, accused of attempting to sell secret intelligence files.

Daniel Houghton, 25, of Hoxton, north London, was arrested in March in an undercover operation.

He is charged with stealing and disclosing classified files containing intelligence-gathering techniques used by MI5, the domestic security service.

He allegedly stole the files between September 2007 and May 2009.

Mr Houghton is alleged to have taken them while working for MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service.

It is alleged he tried to sell the files but was caught in an undercover operation involving intelligence services and Scotland Yard police at a London hotel on 1 March.

He was remanded in custody by City of Westminster magistrates and will appear at the Old Bailey on 29 April.

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