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  • 30 November 2012, 14:09

Belgian 'Spies' Reveal Themselves On Website

Security fears have been sparked in Belgium after employees of security agencies reportedly posted their personal details on a social networking site.

Belgian newspaperDe Standaardsays it has found an entry on LinkedIn which appears to belong to a senior analyst employed by Belgium's Co-ordinating Body for Threat Analysis (OCAM).

The agency operates under the country's Interior Ministry and facilitates terrorist intelligence exchange between government departments.

Another entry on the same website appears to belong to an employee of Belgium's state security agency, Surete de l'Etat (SE).

SE collects and analyses terrorist intelligence and is operated by the country's Justice and Interior Ministries.

De Standaard revealed their findings to two unnamed Belgium intelligence officials. One was so alarmed at the findings he said he would raise the issue at the next intelligence committee.

One official said: "Russian and Chinese intelligence services employ thousands of people.

"They have the resources to search for such profiles and exploit the information they provide.

"Our people could, by their very presence on such sites, become the target of hostilities."

Another official said: "These individuals have security clearances and are obligated to stay in the background, as much as possible."

It is not the first time security services employees or their families have posted personal details online.

In 2009 the Mail on Sunday found private details on Facebook belonging to Sir John Sawers, then the incoming head of Britain's foreign intelligence service MI6.

His wife had uploaded the location of their London flat, plus the whereabouts of their children and his parents, to her Facebook profile.

The details were removed after the paper contacted the Foreign Office.

De Standaard contacted the agencies referred to in the story, both of which refused to confirm whether the profiles were genuine.

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