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STATE SECRBTS. I

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STATE SECRBTS. I The reports which have reached us from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, remind us of the difficulty which is experienced in all countries in preserving official secrets. During the past few years a great London paper has found many opportunities of publishing the general effect of reports before they were presented to Parliament, and although no action has been taken in the matter, yet reference has, on several occasions, been made to it in the House of Commons. Perhaps the majority of hon. members reflected that the premature pub- lication did not do very much harm; but the case is otherwise with regard to such momentous questions as those which have been before the Peace Conference, and in tour own country there have been one or two occasions when the peace of Europe was endangered by the publication of a State secret. The most conspicuous example was that of the publication of an agree- ment between Britain and Russia, just prior to the Berlin Congress, the document having been entrusted to a temporary copyist, earning lOd. an hour, who com- municated its contents to an evening paper. On the other hand we have a case referred to by Sir Algernon West, where a Civil Service official had learned, before the matter was communicated to the public, that it had been resolved to dissolve Parlia- ment. On his way home, he met a friend who was standing for Parliament, but, in ignorance of the approaching election, was just about to start for the continent. The information would, of course, have been most useful to the candidate, especially as he was a comparatively poor man, but the civil servant conceived that it was his duty to remain silent and suffered him to depart.

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