Belfast Telegraph

Navy man in court over Secrets Act

A Royal Navy submariner is due to appear in court accused of passing secret coding programmes to an enemy of the UK.

Edward Devenney, 30, from Strabane, Northern Ireland, is charged with collecting information about encryption computer programmes that might be useful to an enemy, and communicating those details to another person.

The petty officer, who is due to appear at the Old Bailey for a plea hearing, is facing two charges under the Official Secrets Act.

The first is collecting information for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of the state between November 18 last year and March 7 this year.

It is alleged that he gathered details of "crypto material" - programmes used to encrypt secret information - that could be useful to an enemy.

The second charge is communicating information to another person in breach of the Official Secrets Act.

It is alleged that on January 21 for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of the state he communicated information to another person that could be useful to an enemy.

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