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Colonel accused of leaking secrets

February 05, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A British army colonel serving in Afghanistan has been arrested on suspicion of leaking official secrets, the Defense Ministry said.

The colonel was arrested by military police Sunday and is being returned to Britain for further questioning.

Britain's Sun newspaper reported that the officer was arrested on suspicion of leaking figures on civilian deaths.

The issue of civilian deaths has become highly sensitive for U.S. and NATO forces, whom Afghan officials accuse of indiscriminate bombing.

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