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MI6 and the CIA have been warned that intelligence may have been compromised by an agent in Switzerland who downloaded vast quantities of data onto portable hard drives and carried it out of a secure building.

The senior technician became so disgruntled earlier this year that he stopped showing up for work at the NDB, the Swiss intelligence service.

But the agency only realised that something was amiss when UBS, the largest Swiss bank, expressed concern about an attempt to set up a new numbered bank account, which was traced to the technician.

Swiss investigators raided his home and seized portable storage devices containing terrabytes of classified information, running into hundreds of thousands of printed pages.

He had apparently downloaded the material from the Swiss intelligence service’s servers onto portable hard drives and then carried them out of government buildings in a backpack.

Source: The Telegraph

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