Ex-MI6 man admits revealing secrets
Jul 14 2010
A former MI6 worker accused of disclosing top secret material has pleaded guilty to two charges against him.
Daniel Houghton, 25, who worked for the secret intelligence service between September 2007 and May last year, denied a count of theft, but admitted two offences under the Official Secrets Act.
He was accused of stealing the material and of breaching the Official Secrets Act by disclosing the files.
Houghton, of Hoxton, east London, who holds British and Dutch nationality, was arrested in a Scotland Yard sting at a London hotel in March.
He appeared before Mr Justice Bean at the Royal Courts of Justice in London for a plea and case management hearing.
Houghton, wearing an open-necked pale shirt and dark suit, was present in the dock of the court for the proceedings.
Piers Arnold, prosecuting, told the judge that the pleas entered were acceptable to the prosecution.
He asked for the theft matter to be adjourned until after Houghton has been sentenced "with the prosecution's intention to offer no evidence in respect of that charge".
Houghton will be sentenced on Friday September 3 at the Old Bailey. He was remanded in custody pending his sentencing.
The judge indicated that a custodial sentence was inevitable.