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European spy chiefs warn of threats to democracy coming from Russia, IS

“European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. BERLIN (AP) — European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage.Parker said the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury was swiftly followed by Russian attempts to divert blame.Maassen, his German counterpart, said the Brexit referendum likely prompted spy chief in some…

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Front Bench: While the head of MI5 pushes for unity abroad, at home the Cabinet is anything but united

“The headlines today are all about a landmark speech by the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, who is heading to Berlin to give a speech on European security” writes Juliet Samuel for telegraph.co.uk. He will be speaking to the Counter Terrorism Group, which comprises intelligence chiefs from 30 European domestic security services. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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UK and EU intelligence sharing ‘never more important’

“According to Parker, the UK intelligence services and police have disrupted 25 potential attacks in the UK since 2013” writes Ewen Macaskill for theguardian.com. MI5 and the other two main UK intelligence agencies, MI6 and GCHQ, are all anxious to maintain a close working relationship with their European counterparts after Brexit.He will say: “European intelligence cooperation today is simply unrecognisable to what it looked like five years ago”.The UK and the other European spy agencies work on the assumption that intelligence sharing will continue after Brexit.Apart from common European platforms…

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‘Young’ MI5 analysts need experience of policeman on street, former terrorism reviewer says 

“MI5 is a “young” organisation staffed by analysts who have gone straight from University to behind a computer screen, the former reviewer of terrorism has said as he called on them to work closer with the policeman on the street” writes Hayley Dixon for telegraph.co.uk. In a rare insight to the shadowy organisation, David Anderson QC said that there was a risk that they are not suspicious enough and could become “accustomed” to the reams of data, and therefore an officer with real world experience is useful to flag up issues…

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Businessmen working in Russia and China told to avoid honeytraps 

“It warns against “risky business” and lists “inappropriate activities” which even if they are not illegal can “have a lasting impact on you personally”” writes Dominic Selwood for telegraph.co.uk. This in turn could damage the reputation not only of the individual, but the business and the UK as a whole, according to the document seen by the Mail on Sunday. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Agents can commit crime in UK, government reveals

“MI5 agents are allowed to carry out criminal activity in the UK, the government has acknowledged for the first time” writes Charlotte Cooper for theguardian.com. It also states: “Public views of what MI5 agents do are often based on fiction and not always accurate.It instructs the IPCO to oversee the participation of MI5 agents in criminal activity, which was previously conducted by the now-defunct office of the Intelligence Services Commissioner, under a secret order referred to as the “third direction”.However, guidance about when British spies can commit crimes, and how…

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MI5 downgrades mainland terror threat from dissident republicans

“MI5 has downgraded the threat of a UK mainland terrorist attack by dissident republican groups” writes Matthew Cawthorne for telegraph.co.uk. The Security Service lowered the assessment from substantial to moderate, which means intelligence officials consider an attack “possible but not likely”.The threat inside Northern Ireland remains severe however, meaning an attack is “highly likely”. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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