The Independent reported yesterday "Cabinet Office worker is questioned over leaks to newspaper"
"A woman working at the Cabinet Office has been arrested and is being questioned about a series of damaging leaks of confidential government papers to The Sunday Times.
These included revelations about the private concerns within Whitehall about America's post-war strategy and the cabinet split over the decision by the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, to introduce ID cards
Police detained the 23-year-old woman on Monday on suspicion of stealing documents, a spokesman at Scotland Yard said. "She was released on police bail pending further inquiries and is due back to a central London police station in November."
According to the Evening Standard the 23 year old graduate secretary had worked for other Government departments recently, including John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister.
John Prescott headed the Cabinet Committee, correspondence from which involving Home Secretary David Blunkett and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, was leaked to the Sunday Times. These leaks revealed half hearted opposition to ID Cards within the Cabinet.
Sir David Omand, the government's intelligence and security co-ordinator was put in charge of this "leak inquiry" or "mole hunt", presumably with the ability to call on the full resources of the UK's intelligence agencies. This is a departure from previous "leak inquires", which have normally been conducted by the head of the Civil Service, the Cabinet Secretary, or, in one case by external investigators from Kroll Associates.
It is very peculiar that on the one hand the Government treats the Sunday Times newspaper and its "sources" as if it were a foreign intelligence agency spying in the UK, yet on the other hand, it is perfectly happy to "brief" or "leak" or "spin" stories to this same newspaper, often involving major policy announcements, even before they deign to offically inform Parliament.
It would be unjust, if this "whistleblower" were to be prosecuted more heavily than the GCHQ "whistleblower" Katherine Gun, who the Government decided to drop their case against, as there have been no revelations affecting national security, only about political embarassments and dubious policy decisions.