Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Houghton’
Houghton is on the right…
MI6 face questions over their security procedures after a computer expert was allowed to smuggle top secret files out of their headquarters which he planned to sell to a foreign power for £2m.
Daniel Houghton, 25, was caught by MI5 in a sting operation in a central London hotel as he tried to leave with £900,000 cash in a suitcase.
Under cover officers had set him up after a tip off from a foreign intelligence agency which said he had offered to sell them information.
Houghton, a computer programmer by training, had helped develop a cutting edge technique for intercepting emails, sources told the Daily Telegraph. In order to drive up the price of the material he was selling, he also stole staff lists and home and mobile telephone numbers of MI5 and MI6 officers.
The information, which Houghton smuggled out of MI6’s Vauxhall Cross headquarters, was labeled “top secret” and “secret.” If leaked, it would have had a “severe impact on operational capabilities and particularly the ability to collect intelligence,” one security source said…
Piers Arnold, prosecuting, told a hearing in London, that Houghton claimed he was “directed by voices” to try and sell the secrets and the judge adjourned the case for further psychiatric reports.
MI6 knew nothing of what Houghton was doing until he contacted the Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD in August last year.
Undercover British and Dutch officers arranged to meet him on February 8 to view the material on his laptop while recording the meeting with hidden listening devices.
Houghton initially demanded £2m for the files but eventually agreed a price of £900,000 and they arranged to meet him again at a central London hotel on March 1 where he showed them the material on a laptop and then handed over two memory cards and a computer hard drive.
He was arrested by police as he made his way to the hotel lift.
Har! I wonder how far he’ll get with the “voices” defense?
Since he’s a young geek, I’m surprised he didn’t try for something more common – like pepperoni pizza addiction or dementia caused by wifi radiation.