Information Commissioner to Rule on Charles’ Cabinet Office Spy Mandarins Fight to Keep Royal Mole Secret

Yesterday’s Sunday Times splashed on Prince Charles’ mole in the Cabinet Office, exclusively revealed by Guido in January. The Cabinet Office has made every attempt to cover up the activities of Charles’ spy, initially refusing to even comment on the record and then rejecting Freedom of Information requests enquiring:

  • When did this employee begin their secondment at the Cabinet Office?
  • How many days a week do they work at the Cabinet Office?
  • What is their job description / what are their responsibilities at the Cabinet Office?
  • What level of security clearance do they have?

After this blog’s appeal to the Cabinet Office for an internal review of their refusal was rejected by mandarins on the spurious grounds of Data Protection, Guido wrote to the Information Commissioner for a final, independent decision:

This relates to how £30,000-a-year of taxpayers’ money is being spent, and to the intervention of the supposedly politically neutral heir to the throne in the affairs of government.  It is without doubt in the public interest. Not to mention that the “personal data” line is risible since our questions do not ask for anything personal to be released, indeed not even the spy’s name. What possible reason could the Cabinet Office have for such secrecy? Guido awaits the ICO’s judgment with interest…

You can read all Guido’s stories about the Cabinet Office spy here.



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