Who is Anne Sacoolas’ husband Jonathan and why do they have diplomatic immunity?


JONATHAN Sacoolas is an alleged American spy based in Northampton – but who is he, and why does he have diplomatic immunity?

Here’s our lowdown on where he’s from and when he married Anne Sacoolas.

Anne Sacoolas, 42, was the suspect in the investigation but has left the UK
Anne Sacoolas, 42, was the suspect in the investigation but has left the UK

Who is Anne Sacoolas’ husband Jonathan?

Jonathan Saccolas is a US diplomat and alleged NSA spy.

He was born in Oregon, and attended South Salem High School before studying electrical engineering at the University of Southern California.
He was employed by the Defence Department when he married in 2003.

He is married to Anne Sacoolas, who fled Britain after Harry Dunn, 19, died in a fatal hit-and-run.

Harry died after his motorbike collided with a car close to RAF Croughton.

The US embassy confirmed Anne was behind the wheel of the car.

It was later reported that Anne was driving on the wrong side of the road when she crashed head on, into Harry.

Northamptonshire Police confirmed Anne fled Britain claiming diplomatic immunity.

Why do they have diplomatic immunity?

Anne was able to claim diplomatic immunity after a special deal was put in place between the UK and the US which gives staff and their families based at RAF Croughton diplomatic immunity.

Usually, diplomatic immunity only covers those diplomats and their dependants based in London.

The special arrangement has been in place as early as 1994 for this particular base

A lawyer acting as a spokesperson for the family of Harry Dunn told the Mail on Sunday that Jonathan – who was already reported to be a diplomat – was a senior spy based in the UK.

He said: “He was working at Croughton, which is a communications base, so he was working with intelligence which is, I guess, why it has been handled in the way that it has.”

Who is Anne Sacoolas?

Anne Sacoolas, 42, was born Anne Elizabeth Goodwin, and is from South Carolina.

She graduated from South Aiken High School before going on to study psychology at the University of South Carolina.

She was working for the US State Department in Washington when she married Jonathan in 2003, but it is not clear what role she had.

Harry Dunn, hit-and-run victim

Harry, 19, was killed on August 27 near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire[/caption]

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