5 Jul 2009

MI6 spy chief's wife blows cover on Facebook

5:51 pm on 5 July 2009

The wife of the new head of Britain's spy agency MI6 has posted pictures of her husband, family and friends on facebook.

Sir John Sawers is due to take over as head of the Secret Intelligence Service in November.

In what The Mail on Sunday newspaper is calling an "extraordinary lapse", the new spy chief's wife, Lady Shelley Sawers, posted family pictures and exposed details of where the couple live and take their holidays and who their friends and relatives are.

The details were swiftly removed once authorities were alerted by the newspaper's enquiries.