Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Army officer arrested for leaking Afghan civilian casualty figures.

This sounds to me very much like the Damian Green affair. What Lt Col Owen McNally has allegedly leaked is not so much damaging to our efforts in Afghanistan as it is embarrassing to the US/UK governments. McNally, 48, was arrested under suspicion of breaching the Official Secrets Act.

From the Telegraph:
If charged, the officer will appear at the Old Bailey in London, which hears all such Official Secrets cases. He faces a maximum sentence of 14 years if convicted. Lt Col McNally joined the Army as a private in 1977 and worked his way up through the ranks before being commissioned as an officer in 1995. He is thought to be one of the Army's most senior former non-commissioned officers.

A senior officer told the Sun of Lt Col McNally's case: "This is deeply embarrassing for the British Army and completely unprecedented. In mitigation, there is no suggestion that any of the figures were being leaked to the Taliban."
I think this could turn out to be another bloody fiasco.

2 comments:

Cato said...

Steve, your link doesn't work....not for me anyway.

Daily Referendum said...

Cheers Cato,

Sorted.