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Wife blows new British spy chief's cover online
The Times of India ^ | 6 Jul 2009, 0011 hrs IST | The Times of India

Posted on 07/05/2009 1:46:06 PM PDT by MyTwoCopperCoins

LONDON: He’s the spy who came in from the beach.

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

Pictures from the social networking website published in the Mail 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 the site. It included vacation photos, details about the couple’s three children and the location of their London home.

Shelley Sawers’ page has been removed from the site, although a cached page can still be viewed that shows a picture of the spy chief’s wife.

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. “For goodness’ sake, let’s grow up.”

The Foreign Office would not comment further, but Conservative lawmaker Patrick Mercer, who heads Parliament’s counterterrorism subcommittee, said the revelations left Sawers open “to criticism and blackmail”.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: britain; espionage; mi6; spy; wife

1 posted on 07/05/2009 1:46:07 PM PDT by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

and she is the brains of that operation!


2 posted on 07/05/2009 1:49:26 PM PDT by GeronL (freeping on a PS3)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

No, No, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Bill do not put Hillary in a spedo on your MYSPACE page.


3 posted on 07/05/2009 1:49:32 PM PDT by keving (We get the government we vote for)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

No death penalty in GB, what a shame...


4 posted on 07/05/2009 1:49:52 PM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

>> Wife blows new British spy chief’s cover online

An unfortunately phrased headline. It should not take until the second-to-last word to determine that the headline is not referring to the bedroom activity of the British Spy Chief and his wife.

SnakeDoc


5 posted on 07/05/2009 1:55:24 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I know the British use different colloquial expressions than we do. A boot is a car trunk. A bonnet is a hood. And a bird is a girl. I’m wondering, is a “cover” a...umm.......


6 posted on 07/05/2009 1:56:44 PM PDT by Krankor ("Quit talking about the eight men, or there's gonna be nine.")
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To: SnakeDoctor

Of course not. He’s married.


7 posted on 07/05/2009 1:57:27 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

If I am not wrong Ms Sawer just cost her husband his job.
The only real way to rectify this, is that he is replaced by a new “Mother”. (pardon my arcane reference! :o)


8 posted on 07/05/2009 1:57:35 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I misread ‘cover’ as ‘lover’.
I was about to ask for a link.


9 posted on 07/05/2009 1:58:30 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Your experience with marriage has apparently not mimicked my own.

SnakeDoc


10 posted on 07/05/2009 1:58:44 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Has Scooter Libby been questioned yet?


11 posted on 07/05/2009 1:59:24 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
Well I'm a-running down the road trying to loosen my load
Got a world of trouble on my mind
Looking for a lover who won't blow my cover
She's so hard to find

Take it easy, take it easy.....

12 posted on 07/05/2009 1:59:36 PM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: Krankor

One I am always amused by, is the Brit expression of “knocking a girl(her) up.” that means to call on her. Of course it also applies to males as well..and that can even cause *more* confusion to the uniformed U.S. visitor. :oD


13 posted on 07/05/2009 2:02:58 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Oh, lol, so much for ‘covert’. Now he just needs a good resume and cover letter...


14 posted on 07/05/2009 2:10:25 PM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

You’d think someone smart enough to head that organization would like a wife of equal intellegence.


15 posted on 07/05/2009 2:21:25 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Yeah, I was like huh? Until I read ‘cover’. haha


16 posted on 07/05/2009 2:21:54 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: autumnraine

I’m betting she was pretty hot when he met her :-)


17 posted on 07/05/2009 2:22:48 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: DGHoodini

Well try chatting with a brit and him saying “I’ll be right back, I need a fag and my wife is home and she won’t let me do it here”. I definetly did a what the?


18 posted on 07/05/2009 2:23:54 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Apparently not. ;-)


19 posted on 07/05/2009 2:24:15 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: GeronL

Once again, a covert ops “Phlame” out due to an obsessive need for attention from a silly woman. Sigh.....


20 posted on 07/05/2009 2:24:23 PM PDT by pooh fan ("Strong, the pull of the Dark Side is". Yoda)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

That’s what you get when you marry a dingbat!


21 posted on 07/05/2009 2:28:18 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (There is a demand today for men who can make wrong appear right. Terrence, c. 160 B.C.)
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To: DGHoodini

I had an acquaintance who was planning a visit to England last time I saw him. I made a point not to caution him against introducing himself with a smile, a proffered hand, and saying “Hi. I’m Randy”.

I was waiting for a good story or two to come of it.


22 posted on 07/05/2009 2:28:25 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I don’t see the problem when James Bond always identifies himself as such whenever he checks into a hotel or meets a stranger.


23 posted on 07/05/2009 2:33:32 PM PDT by rabidralph (www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Has Scooter Libby been questioned yet?


No doubt Axelrod is taking notes :)


24 posted on 07/05/2009 2:46:44 PM PDT by ak267
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To: DGHoodini
England and America, separated by a common language.
25 posted on 07/05/2009 3:40:02 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: Riley

“I had an acquaintance who was planning a visit to England last time I saw him. I made a point not to caution him against introducing himself with a smile, a proffered hand, and saying “Hi. I’m Randy”.

I was waiting for a good story or two to come of it.”

I hope you aren’t holding your breath while you wait as no-one in England has used the word randy since 1963. :D

You do know Austin Powers wasn’t a documentary don’t you? ;)


26 posted on 07/05/2009 9:10:15 PM PDT by IsleofWight
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Seems like a non-story to me, I mean it’s not like the head of MI5 is a secret anyway:

http://www.mi5.gov.uk/output/director-general.html


27 posted on 07/05/2009 9:10:23 PM PDT by IsleofWight
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To: IsleofWight

I never saw it.


28 posted on 07/06/2009 2:25:08 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: rabidralph

Sawers. John Sawers.

Hmmm, not sure about that.


29 posted on 07/06/2009 2:36:00 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Why excerpt your own blog? If its that damned important, then (Excerpted. Click here to read more))
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To: IsleofWight; Riley
I hope you aren’t holding your breath while you wait as no-one in England has used the word randy since 1963. :D

They were using it in the Suffolk area when I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath. That was around 1989.

30 posted on 07/06/2009 2:42:46 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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