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Is the Official Secrets Act fit to counter 21st century espionage?


Britain’s most senior police officer and the former head of MI5 have called for the Official Secrets Act (OSA) to be bolstered due to the spying threat from hostile states.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the public should be worried about the threat from Russia, after the government and intelligence agencies were heavily criticised in the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC)’s long-awaited Russia report.

What is the Official Secrets Act?

The Official Secrets Act is the piece of UK legislation that makes it an offence for anyone to make a “damaging disclosure of any information or document” relating to security or intelligence.

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