Personal details and photographs of the incoming head of Britain’s international spy agency have been posted on Facebook, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has acknowledged.
The UK’s Foreign Office says foreign service staff should exercise caution on social-networking Web sites. But he insisted that no compromising information had been revealed.
“You know he wears Speedo, swim, swimming, swimsuit… I mean what is that? I mean, that’s not a state secret,” Miliband said on a BBC Sunday morning talk show.
The man in question, John Sawers, is currently the British ambassador to the United Nations.
His wife posted details about their family, vacations and residence on the social-networking site, British media reported Sunday. Her Web site has since been taken down, reports said…
Intelligence analyst Glenmore Trenear-Harvey said the leak was at least an embarrassment and possibly much worse…
Sawers, 53, is a career foreign policy expert. He was a foreign policy adviser to Tony Blair when Blair was prime minister, then became ambassador to Egypt and briefly represented Britain in Iraq. He was political director at the Foreign Office for four years before going to the United Nations in 2007, according to his biography on the Web site of the British mission to the U.N.
He is slated to replace John Scarlett in November as head of MI6.
With all that experience he’s either inured to international sleaze – or experienced at perpetuating it. Both useful to the British Foreign Secretary I suppose.