Whistleblower is sacked over Home Office leaks

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The civil servant at the centre of the Whitehall leak inquiry was sacked after a disciplinary hearing.

Christopher Galley, a junior Home Office official, and the shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green were arrested by police investigating leaks from the department but were told last week they would not be charged.

Mr Galley, 26, was suspended on full pay in November and disciplinary proceedings were put on hold while the criminal investigation was concluded. He admitted leaking four documents.

After he learned he would not face charges, he was defiant about his actions, saying he circulated the documents because he was shocked at the incompetence he discovered. "I did it because what I saw happening was wrong," he said. Mr Green's arrest and detention provoked outrage in Westminster as his Commons office was searched along with his home and constituency office. The five-month inquiry reportedly cost £5m.

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