Spy chief's wife puts him on Web

The Associated PressJuly 6, 2009 

— Holiday snapshots and family details about the newly appointed head of Britain's MI6 intelligence agency have been removed from a Facebook page after a newspaper told the government about them.

Pictures from the social networking Web site published in the Mail on Sunday newspaper show John Sawers posing with his children, wearing a Santa hat and playing Frisbee on a beach.

The paper said the information was posted by Sawers' wife on her Facebook page. It included photos, details about the couple's three children and the location of their London home.

Some politicians called the details a security lapse, but others said they revealed nothing but a few mildly embarrassing domestic details.

"It's not a state secret that he wears Speedo swimming trunks," said Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Conservative lawmaker Patrick Mercer, who heads Parliament's counterterrorism subcommittee, said the revelations left Sawers open "to criticism and blackmail."

John Sawers, 53, was named last month as the new head of the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, Britain's foreign intelligence agency.

A former spy, diplomat and foreign policy adviser to ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, he is currently Britain's ambassador to the United Nations.

He is due to take up his new post in November.

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