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Defence expert ‘took revenge on state by leaking secrets’

A FORMER Ministry of Defence analyst leaked top secret weapons intelligence because police did not take his homophobic assault claims seriously, the Old Bailey heard.

Simon Finch (pictured), 50, worked on a ‘highly sensitive’ missiles system for government contractors BAE Systems and QinetiQ from 1999 until 2018, when he lost his job.

He allegedly memorised information and emailed it to nine addresses on October 28, 2018, saying he had been mistreated by the UK state, including police, the NHS and his employers. His complaints included that he had suffered two serious homophobic assaults and his subsequent worsening health was ignored by officers and medics.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood said he decided ‘he should have no care for national security if the nation had no care for his security’.

Finch, of Swansea, denies breaching the Official Secrets Act by making a ‘damaging’ disclosure and recording information which could be ‘useful to an enemy’ of the state. He also denies failing to give passwords to his electronic devices. The trial continues.