MI6 secrets threatened as Swiss spy steals a mountain of data


By Duncan Gardham Investigations Correspondent The Telegraph 04 Dec 2012

The senior technician became so disgruntled earlier this year that he stopped showing up for work at the NDB, the Swiss intelligence service.

But the agency only realised that something was amiss when UBS, the largest Swiss bank, expressed concern about an attempt to set up a new numbered bank account, which was traced to the technician.

Swiss investigators raided his home and seized portable storage devices containing terrabytes of classified information, running into hundreds of thousands of printed pages.

He had apparently downloaded the material from the Swiss intelligence service’s servers onto portable hard drives and then carried them out of government buildings in a backpack.

Investigators believe he intended to sell the stolen data to foreign intelligence agencies or commercial buyers.


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