Michael Bettaney

New spying charges for MI5 man

The Guardian, August 11 1983

An M15 officer was charged yesterday with three offences under Section One of the Official Secrets Act, including one which alleges that he passed on an official assessment of Russian intelligence activities in the United Kingdom.

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MP calls for fair trial for Bettaney

The Guardian, March 24 1984

A Labour MP is seeking urgent assurances from the Attorney General that an MI5 officer facing charges under the Official Secrets Act will receive a fair trial.

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MP pursues concerns over Bettaney trial

The Guardian, March 26 1984
with Ian Black

An MP is applying to the governor of Brixton Prison for permission to visit Michael Bettaney, the MI5 officer awaiting trial on six charges under the Official Secrets Act.

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KGB "rejected Bettaney's offers of MI5's secrets"

The Guardian, April 11 1984

The first MI5 officer to be charged with spying faced 10 charges under the Official Secrets Act at the Old Bailey yesterday, in a trial which is to be held almost entirely 'in camera'.
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Bettaney is convicted but defiant

The Guardian, April 17 1984

Michael Bettaney, the MI5 officer who tried to spy for the Russians, last night began a 23-year gaol sentence by denouncing the Government as traitors while his lawyers attacked the unprecedented conduct of his trial at the Old Bailey.
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The spy who saw too much

The Guardian, April 17 1984

The decision by Michael Bettaney to pass information to the Russians came after a long process of self-examination which marks him out as a most unusual spy.
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Bettaney trial followed a string of MI5 errors

The Guardian, April 17 1984

Michael Bettaney has provoked a crisis in the Security Service: morale is low; there are serious questions about the organisation's future; and it seems likely that the director general, who is 61, older than the usual Civil Service retirement age, will soon step down.
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Bettaney lawyers plan to challenge jury vetting

The Guardian, April 18 1984

Lawyers acting for the gaoled MI5 officer Michael Bettaney are considering taking an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to challenge the practice of jury vetting in British courts.

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Security Commission to review Bettaney case

The Guardian, April 19 1984

The Prime Minister has asked the Security Commission to investigate the case of Michael Bettaney, the MI5 officer gaoled on Monday for 23 years for passing secrets about the security service to the Russians.

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