Personal details of new UK spy chief on Facebook

The UK's Foreiogn Office says foreign service staff should exercise caution on social-networking Web sites.
Personal details and photographs of the incoming head of Britain’s international spy agency have been posted on Facebook, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband acknowledged Sunday.

But he insisted that no compromising information had been revealed. “You know that he wears Speedo swimsuits. That is not a state secret,” Miliband said on a BBC Sunday morning talk show. Have you ever posted something you should not have on a social-networking Web site The man in question, John Sawers, is currently the British ambassador to the United Nations. His wife posted details about their family, vacations and residence on the social-networking site, British media reported Sunday. Her Web site has since been taken down, reports said. Sawers “was appointed 10 days ago to be the head of MI6,” said Miliband, using the common term for the Secret Intelligence Service. “He is an outstanding professional,” Miliband added. “That the head of MI6 goes swimming That’s not a state secret.” Foreign service officers “are advised to exercise caution” on social-networking Web sites, a Foreign Office representative said, declining to be named, in line with government policy.