(CATS) British Chancellor George Osborne’s feline companion is being accused of espionage after she was sighted in several highly sensitive government locations. She disappeared for a few years before reemerging in Downing Street where the Chancellor had moved during the cat’s hiatus.  Is there a deeper meaning behind the reappearance? Read on for more details about this cunning kitty. — Global Animal
Spy kitty casing the location of her next mission. Photo credit: London News Pictures / Rex Features
Spy kitty ‘casing the location of her next mission.’ Photo credit: London News Pictures / Rex Features

Daily Mail, Tim Shipman

If curiosity killed the cat, this one is putting her nine lives on the line every day – and some suspect she’s not acting alone.

George Osborne’s wandering pet Freya has sparked claims of dastardly foreign espionage tactics after breaching security at some of the Government’s most sensitive buildings.

Senior figures have warned the Chancellor that his highly inquisitive feline may have developed 007-style leanings since she mysteriously reappeared in Downing Street after a curious two-year absence.

The Chancellor bought the tabby as a present for his two children in 2009 when the Conservatives were still in opposition and the Osbornes were living in Notting Hill, West London. But within a few months, she went missing.

Last year, having moved into Downing Street, Mr Osborne’s novelist wife Frances got an out-of-the-blue call telling her Freya had been found, apparently living as a stray and being ‘looked after’ by a  ‘neighbour’.

She was returned to the Osbornes thanks to a microchip under her skin carrying Mrs Osborne’s phone number.

But there are some who are suspicious about Freya’s absence and wonder whether she might have been fitted with other electronic devices.

‘Some of us think the Chinese got her,’ said one Tory source. ‘She can get everywhere. You’d only have to bug her and you  could find out half the Government’s secrets.’

Freya is accused of being a spy after being spotted in some curious locations. Photo credit: Steve Back / Rex Features
Freya is accused of being a spy after being spotted in some curious locations. Photo credit: Steve Back / Rex Features

With her ability to slip unnoticed past policemen, metal detectors and the protection squad, insiders say Freya may just  be the ‘purr-fect spy’.

Over the past few months, the crafty cat has been found in the most secure area of the Foreign Office, inside the Cabinet room in Number 10 and even trying to break into the Treasury.  

On one occasion, she was spotted in the command centre of a secret ‘war gaming’ exercise involving the Royal Navy. When officials asked how she had got there, Mr Osborne’s advisers replied: ‘She’s  from the Treasury. She gets everywhere.’

Concerns have been raised as Freya has gained access to some of the Government’s most sensitive buildings

By contrast, David Cameron’s chief  mouser Larry prefers to spend his days sitting on a hot air vent next to the famous  door to Number 10.

And he is unlikely to be the one to rein in  Freya since  she picked a dawn catfight with him shortly after her  return  – and won.

Like any good agent trying to pick up  intelligence, she also likes to spend time in the bar.

She can be found in Westminster’s  favourite  watering hole, the Red Lion pub, on several evening a week –  despite having to  cross four lanes of Whitehall traffic to get there.

Barmaids regularly have  to escort her  home to 11  Downing Street at the end of the evening.

With a taste for the theatrical, Freya has  also had to be rescued from the dressing rooms behind the stage at  the  Trafalgar Studio Theatre nearly half a mile away.

As Chancellor and the Tories’ chief  political strategist, Mr Osborne knows more secrets than anyone else in  Government.

‘I said to George “are you sure she’s not a  spy”,’ the  source said. ‘I mean, compared to Larry she’s certainly got a drive  about her.’

Freya is not the first political cat  to set  tongues wagging. Long-term resident Humphrey mysteriously  disappeared from  Number 10 shortly after Labour’s election win in 1997.

Some blamed Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie,  although officials insisted  Humphrey had simply retired from mousing duty due  to health problems.

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