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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 06:13:04 GMT
Documentary reveals evidence confirming a British spy’s role in restoring the Shah in 1953 – and how the Observer exposed the plot
The hidden role of a British secret service officer who led the coup that permanently altered the Middle East is to be revealed for the first time since an Observer news story was suppressed in 1985.
The report, headlined “How MI6 and CIA joined forces to plot Iran coup”, appeared in the 26 May edition but was swiftly quashed. It exposed the fact that an MI6 man, Norman Darbyshire, had run a covert and violent operation to reinstate the Shah of Iran as ruler of the country in 1953. Yet just a few days after the newspaper came out, all fresh evidence of this British operation and of Darbyshire’s identity disappeared from public debate.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 16:11:06 GMT
Moore will take over as director general of Secret Intelligence Service from Sir Alex Younger
A former British ambassador to Turkey and a career Whitehall insider has been named as the next chief of MI6 to replace Sir Alex Younger, who is due to step aside towards the end of the year.
Richard Moore, 57, currently the political director at the Foreign Office, is the surprise pick from Downing Street, which had been expected to appoint Tom Hurd, a senior Home Office official and Eton schoolmate of Boris Johnson.Continue reading...
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 17:11:08 GMT
Spy agency apologises after asking clerk to conceal secret material from presiding judges
MI6 has been accused of “inappropriate interference” after two of its officers allegedly asked a chief clerk at the investigatory powers tribunal to conceal secret material relating to the agency from its presiding judges.
The spy agency was forced to apologise after the incident, which took place in relation to a court case about whether fellow agency MI5 can authorise informants to participate in murder, torture or other serious crimes.Continue reading...
Sun, 26 Jul 2020 06:15:16 GMT
MPs who compiled the Russia report were incredulous at Britain’s reluctance to tackle Kremlin
In September 2015 a tall young man with jet black hair and a pleasant grin made his way to Doncaster. His name was Alexander Udod. With the EU referendum vote on the horizon, Udod was attending Ukip’s annual conference. In theory he was a political observer. Actually Udod was an undercover spy, based at the Russian embassy in London.
Udod chatted with the man who would play a key role in Brexit – the Bristol businessman Arron Banks. The spy invited Banks to meet the Russian ambassador Alexander Yakovenko. What allegedly followed was a series of friendly encounters between Leave.EU and the Russians in the crucial months before the June 2016 poll: a boozy lunch, pints in a Notting Hill pub, and the offer of a Siberian gold deal. (Banks denies receiving money from Russia and previously stated his only contact with the Russian government in the run-up to the referendum consisted of “one boozy lunch” with the ambassador.)
I have the clear impression that HMG’s current intelligence requirements on Russia are overly narrow and formalisticContinue reading...
Fri, 24 Jul 2020 05:00:06 GMT
The intelligence services’ mission is to ‘defend the realm’. Yet they failed to intervene over a threat to our democracy
If you listened to Boris Johnson on Wednesday, you would have got the idea that the Russia report was nothing but an attempt to subvert Brexit. But it wasn’t – in fact, the intelligence and security committee report is far more original and important than anyone expected. The real story it has uncovered isn’t even primarily about Russia. It’s about the UK intelligence agencies themselves.Continue reading...
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 18:48:37 GMT
Whitehall sources argue that criticism of Britain’s spy agencies work on Russia is unfair
British efforts to penetrate the Kremlin are kept so secret that they would not be shared with the intelligence and security committee (ISC), according to Whitehall sources who argue that the body’s criticism of their work on Russia is unfair.
Critical intelligence would only be shared in a tight circle with the prime minister, senior ministers and officials – and not, even retrospectively, with the committee that concluded Britain’s spy agencies had “taken their eye off the ball” on Russia.Continue reading...
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:32:37 GMT
Jonathan Freedland, Luke Harding and Kate Proctor discuss the week’s news from Westminster. Jennifer Rankin reports on a historic EU spending agreement. Plus, Peter Walker speaks with two candidates running for the Green party leadership
The long-awaited report into Russian interference showed that neither the UK government nor the British intelligence agencies examined, in any meaningful way, Kremlin attempts to interfere with the 2016 EU referendum. So, which Conservative government do we blame for this lack of oversight? And will it force the current government to do anything different?
Meanwhile, EU leaders have spent five days at the negotiating table, eventually agreeing on how to spend a €750bn coronavirus recovery fund package. Jennifer Rankin gives us the latest from Brussels.
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:08:53 GMT
The job of the committee, which I chaired, is to speak truth to power – especially when the powerful refuse to listen
The report on the threat to our national security from Russia, which was compiled in early 2019 by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC), which I chaired at the time, has finally been published. It arrives 17 months after our work on it was first completed.
Nine months of that delay is the direct result of the prime minister deliberately preventing the report’s publication: this could, and should, have taken place in early November 2019, after the redaction process was complete, and prior to the general election, when parliament was still sitting and the committee was in existence. The explanations provided by Boris Johnson for not publishing then were patently untrue – as the ISC of the current parliament explained in launching the report on Tuesday.Continue reading...
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 08:37:49 GMT
Counter-espionage laws to be strengthened as government accused of failing to respond to security threat
Legislation to clamp down on foreign spying is being considered by Downing Street in the wake of a damning report laying bare the impact of Russian influence in Britain and accusing the government of “badly” underestimating the threat posed by the Kremlin.
Under the new legislation, foreign agents would have to register in the UK in a move modelled on similar requirements in the US and Australia.Continue reading...
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 16:01:56 GMT
Luke Harding considers the implications of the report on Moscow’s meddling
The Russia report accuses the government of failing to investigate Russian interference in British politics, in particular during the 2016 EU referendum. The Commons intelligence and security committee’s language is scathing. It says Downing Street showed a “lack of curiosity” over Kremlin meddling. The report doesn’t say whether this complacency was deliberate or an omission. Either way, it amounts to a stunning rebuke of Boris Johnson and his predecessor as prime minister, Theresa May. We now know why Johnson sought to bury the report before last December’s general election. It is embarrassing. He burned political capital to keep it secret.Continue reading...
Mon, 20 Jul 2020 15:10:06 GMT
Document on Russian interference into UK politics blocked by Boris Johnson before election
The long-awaited Russia report from the UK parliament’s intelligence and security committee is due to be released on Tuesday morning, nine months after its publication was blocked by Boris Johnson before the general election.
An examination of the reach of the Kremlin into UK politics and public life, the document is the product of 18 months’ work by a cross-party committee taking evidence in secret from British intelligence and independent experts.Continue reading...
Sun, 05 Jul 2020 16:52:53 GMT
Former MI6 chief said US sanctions on Huawei meant Chinese telecoms firm now posed security risks to UK
Boris Johnson now has “sound technical reasons” to reverse his decision to allow the Chinese firm Huawei to play a role in building the UK’s 5G infrastructure, a former head of MI6 said on Sunday.
Sir John Sawers said new US sanctions imposed on the company meant that allowing Huawei to expand its grip on the UK telecoms market posed security risks that did not apply when the government announced a compromise solution in January giving it up to 35% of the market.Continue reading...
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 02:00:09 GMT
Parliament’s intelligence and security committee produced a report into alleged Russian interference in UK politics. It was supposed to be published before December’s election, but the UK prime minister withheld its release. Now, six months later it still hasn’t seen the light of day. The Guardian’s Luke Harding investigates what could be in it and says witness testimony from an ex-MI6 officer makes uncomfortable reading for the government
A report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee into alleged Russian interference in UK politics was supposed to be published at the end of last year. But as Boris Johnson decided to call a snap election, he withheld the report promising to publish it ‘in due course’.
Now, six months later, the committee has been in hiatus and the report is still gathering dust. But the Guardian’s Luke Harding (author of a new book Shadow State) has been piecing together evidence seen by MPs in the preparation of the report. He tells Rachel Humphreys that witness testimony from the former MI6 officer Christopher Steele makes uncomfortable reading for the government.
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:53:33 GMT
Judges throw out demand by two MPs and human rights charity for public hearing
A judicial review aimed at overturning a decision to ditch a judge-led inquiry into the involvement of British intelligence in torture and rendition will be heard in secret after a challenge involving two MPs failed.
The Conservative David Davis and Labour’s Dan Jarvis had joined with human rights charity Reprieve to demand the case be heard in public after it emerged that a further 15 potential cases of post 9/11 human rights abuses may exist.Continue reading...
Mon, 22 Jun 2020 15:28:37 GMT
Exclusive: Christopher Steele claims May government turned blind eye to Trump allegations
Boris Johnson and Theresa May ignored claims the Kremlin had a “likely hold” over Donald Trump and may have covertly funded Brexit, the former spy Christopher Steele alleges in secret evidence given to MPs who drew up the Russia report.
In testimony to MPs, the MI6 veteran accused the government led by May and in which Johnson was foreign secretary for two years of turning a blind eye to allegations about Trump because they were afraid of offending the US president.Continue reading...
Tue, 09 Jun 2020 20:10:38 GMT
Court proceedings reveal files involving British intelligence during ‘war on terror’
Fifteen potential cases of torture or rendition involving British intelligence at the height of the “war on terror” were examined last year in a secret Whitehall review, whose existence was revealed in court proceedings on Tuesday.
None were deemed by officials to have involved British spies being party to human rights abuses – a decision that is being challenged by two MPs and the human rights charity Reprieve as part of a high court judicial review.Continue reading...
Sun, 12 Apr 2020 13:11:27 GMT
MI6 and MI5 expect Beijing to be more assertive and want government to consider tighter control of strategic industries
Britain’s intelligence community believes the UK needs to reassess its relationship with China after the coronavirus crisis subsides and consider if tighter controls are needed over high-tech and other strategic industries.
They reckon China will become more assertive in defending its one-party model as having successfully tackled the pandemic and that Boris Johnson and other ministers will have to take a “realistic view” and consider how the UK responds.
We have failed to take a strategic view of Britain’s long-term economic, technical and security needsContinue reading...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:59:21 GMT
Footage, preserved in original canister, shows people who worked at secret wartime site
Unique and “astonishing” film footage has emerged of men and women who worked for one of Britain’s most secret second world war units.
The 11-minute silent film shows smiling staff who worked for MI6 Section VIII at Whaddon Hall in Buckinghamshire, a secret site connected to Bletchley Park. It was at Whaddon that some of the nation’s most skilled wireless operators would send out messages that had been decrypted by codebreakers.Continue reading...
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 09:00:31 GMT
In a penetrating and entertaining memoir, the Guardian’s former intelligence reporter exposes the folly of excessive state secrecy
It was the 1960s and Richard Norton-Taylor had just finished Oxford with a third-class degree in history. “What would you like to do?” his tutor asked him. Norton‑Taylor shrugged. A few days later, he found himself arriving at a grand building in Carlton Gardens.
It was the headquarters of MI6. Upstairs a figure with a military bearing in a pin-stripe suit greeted Norton-Taylor. The person said: “Don’t tell anyone you have come here.” Another interview followed. It featured questions on the policy of Harold Wilson’s Labour government towards Southern Rhodesia.
The “fetish” for keeping the public ignorant is absurd and counterproductive, he arguesContinue reading...
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:56:57 GMT
Court rules that evidence given in secret did not mean his murder trial was unfair
The European court of human rights has dismissed the appeal by the former Chinese dissident and MI6 informant Wang Yam that he had not had a fair trial because his defence evidence was held in secret on grounds of national security.
In the latest chapter of the long-running case, the court ruled that the exclusion of press and public from his trial for murder in 2008 had not resulted in unfairness.Continue reading...
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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:00:42 +0000
27 July, 2020
Prop Store is hosting its Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, for the first time in Los Angeles, across two days on August 26th and 27th 2020. The auction features some interesting James Bond props.
Sun, 19 Jul 2020 23:56:45 +0000
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Thu, 16 Jul 2020 02:18:47 +0000
16 July, 2020
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Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:34:54 +0000
13 July, 2020
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09 July, 2020
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