Ex-MI6 worker faces jail over leak
A former MI6 worker who says he was "directed by voices" faces a jail sentence after admitting charges of unlawfully disclosing top secret material.
Daniel Houghton, 25, who worked for the secret intelligence service between September 2007 and May last year, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Official Secrets Act, in July.
Houghton, of Hoxton, east London, who holds British and Dutch nationality, was arrested in a Scotland Yard sting at a London hotel in March.
He denied a third charge of theft and the prosecution said it would not offer any evidence on that matter.
The two charges under the Official Secrets Act concern the unlawful disclosure of material "relating to security or intelligence".
They relate to electronic files "containing techniques for intelligence collection" and electronic files containing two staff lists, "which were in his possession by virtue of his position as a former member of the British Secret Intelligence Service".
Mr Justice Bean heard that Houghton's account was that he was "directed by voices to do what he is said to have done in the charges". Duncan Penny, for Houghton, said: "He accepts that a custodial sentence is inevitable in this case, given the gravity of the offences concerned."
Houghton was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey for reports, including a psychiatric assessment, to be prepared.
After his arrest, American university student Kimberly Peterson, 27, said she had no idea her quietly spoken flatmate used to work for MI6.
The pair were among a group sharing a £250,000 ex-council flat in trendy Hoxton after Houghton joined a graduate programme at Lloyds Bank. Miss Peterson said: "It feels like I am in my own episode of Law And Order" as she revealed police had seized all their computer equipment.