LONDON (AP) — London police have arrested a 65-year old woman contracted to work for the British government on suspicion of violating the Official Secrets Act.
The Metropolitan Police said Wednesday that counterterrorism officers made the arrest, acting on intelligence information.
Arrests under the secrets act are relatively rare. The woman was arrested under section 1 of the 1911 act, which covers the unlawful disclosure of information “prejudicial to the safety or interests of the state.” It has been used in the past in cases of alleged spying for foreign powers.
The police did not identify the government department involved. The government said it would not be appropriate to comment on an ongoing police investigation.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- FBI searched Trump's home in part to look for nuclear documents, sources say
- A child abductee's journey back
- Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York
- Historians privately warn Biden that America's democracy is teetering
- A dog was missing. Cavers found her two months later 500 feet underground
Police are searching an address in north London, and the woman is being questioned at a police station.