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Formula One's Max Mosley. Credit: Francois Durand, Getty Images

Formula One's Max Mosley. Credit: Francois Durand, Getty Images

Formula One's Max Mosley. Credit: Francois Durand, Getty Images

BRITAIN'S MI5 was accused last night of failing to vet recruits properly after it emerged that one of its surveillance officers was married to a prostitute who exposed Max Mosley's (right) involvement in a sado-masochistic orgy.

The MI5 officer was forced to resign last month when his wife's "inappropriate job" became known.

It is alleged that he had failed to disclose her work when he was vetted for a post in the security service.

Security sources said that suggestions that MI5 might have been involved in a "sting operation" against Mr Mosley, the head of Formula 1 racing, were absurd.

His participation in the orgy with five prostitutes was reported on March 30.

"Mr Mosley did not and does not pose a threat to national security, and when MI5 has 2,000 terrorists to worry about why on Earth would the Security Service be involved with the head of Formula 1. It's preposterous," one security source said.

However, the failure to detect that an MI5 officer's wife worked as a prostitute has placed the focus on the organisation's vetting system. Unlike the rest of Whitehall, which uses the Defence Vetting Agency, MI5 has its own department which is required to check on the family background of each recruit, and again periodically throughout their career. (©The Times, London)

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