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Former British Spy Charged With Revealing Official SecretsAired August 21, 2000 - 1:35 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: A former British spy who told of incompetence among the country's intelligence service is charged with revealing official secrets. David Shayler is free on bail after authorities say he revealed too much.
ITN's Kevin Dunn has the story from Dover.
KEVIN DUNN, ITN REPORTER (voice-over): Boarding the ferry at Calais to end a three-year exile in France, David Shayler and his partner Annie Machon with family, friends and a pack of journalists and photographers. The MI-5 whistle-blower returned voluntarily to face arrest and probably prosecution for breaking the Official Secrets Act.
DAVID SHAYLER, FMR. BRITISH INTELLIGENCE OFFICER: I think those are the white cliffs over there. Yes, that's the closest I've been to England in three years, basically.
DUNN: David Shayler has alleged MI-6 colluded in a plot to kill Libyan leader Colonel Gadhafi, and that MI-5 risked innocent lives by sitting on information about IRA bombs.
(on camera): David Shayler's returning to England more determined than ever to pursue his campaign for greater accountability in the security services, and he's determined to make mischief for the Labor government, threatening to sue Robin Cook and to stand against Tony Blair at the next election.
(voice-over): Shayler confessed to having mixed emotions as he was again in sight of the white cliffs of Dover..
(on camera): Are you apprehensive given that you face obviously arrest?
SHAYLER: I am, but I'm confident they will keep their word and they will give me bail. And that was my main worry. I didn't want to be held on remand before any trial. It would make a notice of justice for me to be acquitted after having spent a year in prison on remand.
DUNN: What do you hope to achieve with all this?
SHAYLER: Well, the only protection I have is the free press and the media. We have no Bill of Rights in Britain. And as long as people here can continue to put pressure on the government to hear what I'm saying, I will be vindicated.
DUNN: Back on English soil, Shayler was escorted to customs and immigration, where an officer of the Metropolitan Police Special Branch was waiting to arrest him. He was allowed to say good-bye to his family before being formerly arrested.
Kevin Dunn, ITN, Dover.
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