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  • Newspeople are sometimes stupid.

    OK, this information shouldn't be out there. It was a major bad move. So we're gonna put the pictures on a DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD and tell you all about the information! YEAH! I think that's a worse move then the wife posting the information in the first place.

    LONDON (Reuters) - The wife of the new head of Britain's spy agency has posted pictures of her husband, family and friends on Internet networking site Facebook, details which could compromise security, a newspaper said on Sunday.

    Sir John Sawers is due to take over as head of the Secret Intelligence Service in November. The SIS, popularly known as MI6, is Britain's global intelligence-gathering organization.

    In what the Mail on Sunday called 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 could be viewed by any of the many millions of Facebook users around the world, but were swiftly removed once authorities were alerted by the newspaper's enquiries.

    "There were fears that the hugely embarrassing blunder could have compromised the safety of Sir John's family and friends," the newspaper said.

    Publishing the story on its front page and the pictures on a double-page spread, the Mail on Sunday said the information "could potentially be useful to hostile foreign powers or terrorists."

    It was the latest in a string of security blunders, lapses and leaks by British officials that have embarrassed the government of embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

    (Writing by Jon Hemming; Editing by Jerry Norton)
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    Re: Newspeople are sometimes stupid.

    This is my home town newspaper at

    Click the photo and read the comments there to see how stupid newspeople can be.
    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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      Re: Newspeople are sometimes stupid.

      A News agency is just another business. Many journalists have a romantic view of what they do and feel it is their duty to report any bit of information they think the public would want or need to see. However, the reality of the situation is the more exclusive(juicy) the information, the more revenue. If you are the first to report a blunder like this, you get more page hits and copies sold.
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