This prize-winning book, first published in 1991, provides a detailed legal account of the development of the UK Official Secrets Acts 1911-1989. In particular, the Espionage section (s.1) of this criminal law is analysed carefully, illustrated by leading cases of UK spies prosecuted under this section, particularly during the 1980’s — including MI5 officer Michael Bettaney and Geoffrey Prime who worked at GCHQ. The author also examines problems of evidence in espionage prosecutions, and the consent of the Attorney-General in cases under the Official Secrets Acts. This book remains the definitive treatise on the UK Official Secrets Acts, especially concerning the espionage provisions.

chapter 6|13 pages

Espionage and secrecy today

chapter |15 pages

Author’s postscript

chapter 5|9 pages

The Security Service Act 1989

chapter |2 pages

List of Abbreviations

chapter |6 pages

List of Cases

chapter |3 pages

List of Statutes

chapter |1 pages

List of Statutory Instruments