The mole and the MPs' expenses

The mole who leaked details of MPs' expenses says he was partly motivated by anger at inadequate equipment for UK troops, the Daily Telegraph reported.

It says staff sorting through MPs' receipts were guarded by servicemen on leave moonlighting to earn extra money.

The mole said their stories "helped tip the balance" in the decision to leak details - the Telegraph has confirmed it paid £110,000 for the information.

The MoD says its top priority is to get the "best equipment" for troops.

The claims are made in a book being published by the Daily Telegraph on Friday about the expenses scandal.

Expense mole 'angry at Army kit'
(BBC News, 25 September 2009)