Tom Watson at PMQs Official Secrets Act 18th March

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8 responses to “Tom Watson at PMQs Official Secrets Act 18th March

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  2. Bishop Brightly

    From a politician that would be about as clear an answer as you will ever get. No, you won’t be prosecuted.

    • dpack

      the answer does seem very clear as to no prosecution for exposing wrong doing.

      the can give evidence without incriminating themselves is a bit broader and could mean that a confession to serious wrong doing was given immunity .

      however the promise of a politician is often rash and flexible.(especially if they might be up for re election /de election in a few weeks)
      since the 1989 O S act the defense of “whistle blowing “or “to prevent a crime” has been excluded so perhaps the law needs amending asap to avoid misunderstandings and/or a formal statement should be issued in writing from the attorney general to clarify the matter.

      iirc the after dark “out of bounds”episode was specifically addressing this implication of the1989 act .

      • Sabre

        OSA prosecutions require the consent of the Attorney General the tests of
        “realistic prospect of conviction” and “public interest” are applicable.

  3. Gojam,

    please call Tom’s bluff. It is really simple. Tom, john etc should make a statement that if any WB is arrested or loses their pension, then they too wil be arrested for encouraging them. you could tweet this. not sure why you have not. A simple fix to BS surrounding OSA