The new head of the British counterintelligence service MI5 Ken McCallum in his first public speech called among the hostile states “Russian, Chinese and Iranian players”. About it on Wednesday, October 14, writes The Guardian.
According to the head of British counterintelligence, these countries bear threats to national security and are one of the most serious problems for MI5 and for British government. At the same time McCallum pointed out that these threats become “more serious and complicated while terrorist threats remain on a scale”.
On July 31, UK Secretary of State for Defence Annabelle Goldie said Russia still posed a “significant threat” to the country.
On July 22, it was reported that the British government plans to give the intelligence agencies greater powers to combat espionage.
Expansion of powers of intelligence agencies will be fixed in new legislation, which the government is preparing to adopt after the British Parliament’s Committee on Intelligence and Security Services published a report on July 21 on the absence of evidence of Russia’s interference in the 2016 voting on Brexit.
The report, which was published on July 21, notes that the Russian media allegedly produced stories in support of Brexit, as well as used “bots” and “trolls” as evidence, but the impact of all this on the result can not be proved, the document says. The report also claims that Russia’s attempts to “intervene” in the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 have been proved.