Rogue British spies who leak secrets could face 14-years in jail under Secrets Act shake-up

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A major overhaul of the UK’s Official Secrets Acts (1911-1989) could mean that civil servants and members of British intelligence working for GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 could soon face unprecedented jail time if they are caught leaking secrets damaging to national security.

According to a 300+ page report released by the Law Commission this week (2 February), spies and government employees who go rogue could soon face up to 14 years in jail for leaks or espionage. At present, under current legislation, the maximum term is two years..

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