He is rightly demanding that at least a copy of his own private data, taken from the computer equipment seized more than 6 months ago when he was arrested in France, and then released without charge, should be returned to him by the British Police.
His threat to inform the local police in an allied country, about a Secret Intelligence Service MI6 intelligence asset, does seem to be set to cause further trouble of some sort:
I have now contacted and identified myself to the police force of a certain democratic country which is an ally of the United Kingdom. I have informed them that I know the identify of a senior official in their country who has been breaking the laws of that country for many years by selling their state secrets to MI6.
I plan to give them the name of this person to the police tomorrow. This is not illegal under French law, where I reside.
I have informed the British Special Branch police and the Treasury Solicitor.
He does not yet seem to be planning to make the name public, only to inform the police, who could, of course, already be aware of the name.
It is unclear if this morsel of information is known to Tomlinson as a result of his former MI6 career, which has been over for several years, or if it has come to his attention since then.
How effective is this potential whistleblowing protection technique, mentioned in his "Reply from the police" posting ?
In the meantime, in order to reduce the possibility that they might try to arrest me or kill me, I have set up an email program to send the identity of the criminal in question to the other police force at a time interval of about twelve hours in the future. I have to reset the timer personally to stop the information going out.
Is there now a behind the scenes rush to clamp down and block, or at least snoop on Richard Tomlinson's French internet service provider traffic from the south of France ?
Is anybody experiencing mysterious internet problems in the south of France at the moment ?
Or will the swift moving Whitehall and Police bureaucracy leap into rapid action immediately after a public holiday, and send him a copy of his own private data as he demands ?
Surely MI6 and the Treasury Solicitor should not be wasting scare public money and manpower resources on harassing Richard Tomlinson ? How is it making the UK any safer ?
More details on Richard Tomlinson's blog MI6 v Tomlinson (it's back!)