Woman, 65, is arrested in anti-terror raid on suspicion of spying on government for a foreign power

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A WOMAN of 65 has been arrested on suspicion of spying at the heart of government.

The suspected mole is accused of passing secrets from her job at Whitehall to a ­foreign power.

 The suspected mole is accused of passing secrets from her job at Whitehall to a ­foreign power

PA:Press Association
The suspected mole is accused of passing secrets from her job at Whitehall to a ­foreign power

She was arrested yesterday at an address in North London by officers from the Met Police’s anti-terrorism command.

It is understood she was held after a tip-off from MI5.

Police said the woman was contracted to work for a government department, although they refused to say which one.

But sources stressed she was not working for any of the three intelligence services — MI5, MI6 and GCHQ — or the Ministry of Defence.

She was arrested under Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1911.

The clause deals with spying and passing on information to an enemy.

 The suspected spy was arrested by anti-terror cops

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The suspected spy was arrested by anti-terror cops

Officers declined to say how long or for which country the woman was said to be working.

Her age suggests she may have worked at a government department for many years before taking retirement then continuing on a contract.

Russia and China are both known to have a large number of spies working in Britain.

The Met said: “A woman arrested under the Official Secrets Act remains in custody. Officers are searching a North London address.”

The Government said it would be “inappropriate to comment due to the police investigation”.

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