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UK Secret agency tried to bug Pak embassy in London - daily

IRNA

Islamabad, Nov 5, IRNA - The British intelligence agency M15 tried to 
bug Pakistan`s embassy in London, a senior Pakistani Foreign Affairs 
Ministry official said quoted by a local daily here Wednesday. 
Daily Times reported in its Wednesday issue that the spying 
operation, conducted through a building contractor turned M15 agent, 
was apparently authorised by British Home Secretary David Blunkett. 
The spying operation was run under cover of restoration work that took
place at the embassy in Lowndes Square in central London last year. 
The Pakistan government would reportedly take up the matter with 
the British Foreign Office shortly. 
The report published in British Press did not mention the 
Pakistani High Commission by name, but we know it is our embassy, the 
newspaper quoted the official as saying. 
The report, earlier published in The Sunday Times said M15 
infiltrated the embassy, stole codes used by embassy staff to send 
secret messages and planned to plan listening devices and remove 
sensitive documents, according to the newspaper. 
The agent who started the operation quit before the extensive 
planned bugging could be carried out and confessed his role to the 
embassy, said the daily. 
One of the bidders of the contract to restore the embassy building
said he had easy access to document archives in the building including
some folders marked `confidential`, Daily Times report said. 
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