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Keogh v R. - Official Secrets Act and civil servants - Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) 7.3.07

In the course of his work as a civil servant Mr Keogh acquired possession of a highly confidential record of a meeting in April 2004 between the Prime Minister and the President of the United States concerned with UK and US policy in Iraq. Official Secrets Act 1989 ss.2 and 3 reverse the legal burden of proof in respect of the mental element of the offences they create, making a person guilty unless he can show that he "did not know, and had no reasonable cause to believe" that disclosure would be "damaging".

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