Home secretary applies for closed hearing into ‘serious’ breaches by security service

The home secretary has applied to the high court for a secret hearing to prevent public disclosure of the nature of “serious” breaches recently admitted by MI5 in its surveillance safeguards.

In a seven-page submission, Sajid Javid requested the court hold what is known as a “closed material procedure” – from which the claimants, the media and public will be excluded – into failures by the intelligence agency in its “internal” handling of intercepted material.

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