Personal details of the new head of Britain’s foreign intelligence service, MI6, have had to be removed from social networking site, Facebook.
They had been posted there by his wife and included photos and information on family members, where they live and take their holidays. Some members of the press and parliament have expressed outrage that Sir John Sawers’ safety has been compromised. But Foreign Secretary David Miliband played down the report in a Sunday newspaper, saying it was “no state secret” that Sawers “wears Speedo swimming trunks.” The former UK ambassador to the UN is to take up his post as the head of MI6 in November. Some security analysts say he and his family will have to be re-housed and given greater protection as a result of the details coming out in public.