British Soldier From West Germany Charged With Security Leak
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ A British soldier was charged Saturday with leaking confidential photographs, names and addresses of suspected terrorists, and was released on bail.
Shaun Robert Cunliffe, 20, of the Air Defense Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Dortmund, West Germany, was accused under the Official Secrets Act.
He was charged with leaking the photographs, names and addresses of certain people entrusted in confidence to him between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21. Bail was set at $80 and he was released to the custody of the army.
Prosecutors did not indicate who received the documents allegedly disclosed by Cunliffe. Lists of suspects have been sent to newspapers and politicians.
Cunliffe was the first person to face charges since a rash of leaks of confidential police and army documents listing suspected members of the Irish Republican Army.
Persons claiming to be Protestant gunmen have claimed that they used such documents to pick targets, including a Roman Catholic man who was murdered in August.
Two members of the Ulster Defense Regiment, a locally raised unit of the British army, have been charged with that slaying.