Attorney General v Guardian newspapers no 2



Peter Wright a former British secret service agent published Spycatcher in Australia

the United Kingdom sought to prevent its publicaiton in the UK.

The court held that a duty of confidence arose in the case of Wright because he had agreed to keep informaton secret

The court will uphold the United Kingdom’s international agreements when the court is free to do so. Sometimes the court is NOT free to uphold such agreements because of a contrary act of Parliament

Spycatcher was against the public interert. Wright probably had no copyright over his book

Duty to maintain confidentiality only applies to confidential information and not to nonsense.

There can be a countervailing public interest for disclosure and this can outweight to duty maintain confidence.



About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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