Official Secrets Act charge after alleged ‘damaging disclosure’

The Metropolitan Police said Simon Finch, 49, from Swansea, was alleged to have accessed the information as a civil servant or government contractor.

He has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 9 October.

A Counter Terrorism Command probe was launched around 28 October 2018.

Under the 1989 act, a disclosure is considered damaging if it “damages the capability” of the Armed Forces, leads to loss of life, injury to its personnel or endangers UK interests abroad.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “We are aware of proceedings involving an individual who has been charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

“This is a police matter.”

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