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official secrets

government information that cannot be revealed. The UK has a special statutory regime that protects the free flow of information within government. This is enforced by very serious penalties and operates as something of a major restriction on the freedom of speech and information. There is no overriding defence of public interest. It now co-exists with FREEDOM OF INFORMATION legislation.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
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'these are official secrets, ma'am; not to be spoken of; except, as I may say, among the porochial officers, such as ourselves.
"That, madame, is an official secret; but if you have any commissions for Paris, a friend of mine is going there to-night, and will with pleasure undertake them." The guests looked at each other.
aACoeIf this is true, then PM is in violation of Official Secrets Act (OSA),aACA[yen] he said, adding aACoecriminal action must be initiated on this basis.aACA[yen]
PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli has been released on a two-year good behaviour bond after his 18-month jail sentence for Official Secrets Act (OSA) was overturned by the Appellate Court here today.
Staff who worked in intelligence had to sign the Official Secrets Act and could not talk about their work for decades.
He told the Press Association: "There has to be a more formal response from Government which says that former police officers who co-operate, give evidence and share their knowledge of what went on with regard to this alleged cover-up should not be disciplined in any way, with regard to the Official Secrets Act or in any other way."
The report's conclusions were so devastating that the Government hid it under the Official Secrets Act for 30 years.
| LONDON, June 11 (KUNA) -- A UK Royal Navy submariner was making his first appearance at the central criminal court of the Old Bailey here Mondaycharged with breaching the Official Secrets Act, his lawyers said.
LAHORE, January 19, 2010 (Balochistan Times): The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought reply from nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadir Khan for allegedly giving disputed interviews and leaking official secrets. The federal government, in its petition, alleged that Dr Khan had disclosed official secrets in his interview with a western newspaper.
THE RAKES and OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT: Inside Out, Darlington
The Labour left-winger was questioned under caution for three hours last year by Scotland Yard detectives investigating a possible breach of the Official Secrets Act.