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Record breaking sniper awarded compensation

Record breaking sniper awarded compensation

A British army sniper who shot two militants from more than 3,000 feet away has been awarded £100,000 in compensation.

The payment comes after Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials accidentally revealed his identity to the media.

Corporal Craig Harrison and his family were put in serious peril by the MoD's accidental release of his details, according to the Daily Mail.

When the soldier came back from his tour of Afghanistan, he was asked by the ministry if he wanted to talk to the press about his record breaking shots - something he agreed to do on the strict condition that he was kept anonymous and none of his details were released to the media.

However, a breakdown in communication meant that Cpl Harrison's identity was revealed to the public, despite the MoD's rule that snipers' identities should never be released as they are considered high value targets by terrorists.

After police warned the man that both he and his family were in danger, Cpl Harrison had to leave the army, his home and even the country - taking his daughter out of high school just days before she was due to take her important GCSE exams.

The trooper's wife also had to leave her job as a successful hairdresser, furthering the family's loss of income.

High stress levels resulting from the move, as well as paranoia stemming from police warnings that terrorists may target him, have left the sniper on permanent sick leave and he will soon be medically discharged from the army.

An MoD spokesman said: "When compensation claims are received they are considered on the basis of whether or not the MoD has a legal liability to pay compensation. Where there is a proven legal liability, compensation is paid.

"The MoD takes personal security very seriously and any breaches are investigated thoroughly."

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Posted by Francesca Witney