The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, November 29, 2003
The Frank Koza Story: British leaker in court
The converse of the wise old saw that All that glisters is not gold: sometimes, the cheapest-looking costume jewellery may be 24 carat!
To cut a long story short, in the run-up to the war, a memo was leaked which had ostensibly been sent out by the afore-mentioned Koza (a senior National Security Agency (NSA) guy) and dealt with a USG plan to eavesdrop on UN Security Council members, to provide the inside dope for US diplomats negotiating for the mythical second resolution on Iraq.
It sounded pretty unlikely, but turned out to be true. Or, at least, generally accepted - which is far from the same thing, natch!
The UK security boys have come up with a body  - in the shape of a Ms Katharine Gun of GCHQ (the UK equivalent of the NSA) - and she's appeared in court (Guardian November 28) charged under the Official Secrets Act .
Apparently, Gun will be admitting the leak, but arguing the defence of necessity, the law on which, in the context of the OSA, was clarified in 2001 by the (English) Court of Appeal in the case of David Shayler .
Watch this space (but don't expect action any time soon!).
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