Duncan Gardham

Gardham, Duncan. "MI5 Officers to Give Evidence to 7/7 Inquiry." Telegraph (London), 11 Oct. 2010. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"MI5 officers could be called to answer questions in public as part of the inquests into the deaths of 52 people in the terrorist bomb attacks" on 7 July 2005, which begins on 11 October 2010.


Gardham, Duncan. "UK Has 5,700 'Secret Agents.'" Telegraph (London), 18 Mar. 2010. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

According to the annual report of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, issued on 17 March 2010, the number of domestic security service officers who work for MI5 is "around 3,500 officers with an aim to increase that to 4,100 by next year." There are "2,252 MI6 officers and it aims to increase that to 2,527 this year.... The report also revealed there were 5,296 staff employed at the GCHQ monitoring station in Cheltenham.... The report said the combined budget for MI5, MI6 and GCHQ was now £2.2bn."


Gardham, Duncan. "Whizz Kids Deserting the Spy World as Threat of Attacks Increases." Telegraph (London), 13 Jul. 2011. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

In comments carried in the 2010-2011 annual report of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), GCHQ Director Iain Lobban said that in retaining employees "he can offer his staff a 'fantastic mission' but struggles with salaries.... GCHQ hired 491 new staff last year, raising numbers to 5,675, but also had 297 contractors at a total cost of £43.1m." The report "also said there was a shortage of linguists with rare languages and that all three intelligence agencies had set up a joint language centre at MI5 to train more....

"Sir John Sawers, the chief of MI6, said he would visit China once a year to 'build up the relationship and develop the understanding that will be required for the decades ahead.'" MI5 Director General Jonathan Evans "told the committee in February that the amount of surveillance the service was undertaking with police colleagues 'was the highest at any point that we have ever had to put out on the streets.'"


Gardham, Duncan, and Andrew Osborn. "Katia Zatuliveter: From Russia with Love but Strictly No Spying." Telegraph (London), 30 Nov. 2011. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"Katia Zatuliveter, 26, had affairs with Mike Hancock, a member of the defence select committee, and with a Dutch diplomat, a German Nato official and a UN worker." However, the Special Immigration and Appeals Commission concluded on 29 November 2011 that those relationships "were 'entirely consistent with her being an ambitious young woman with an intense interest in politics and international relations.'" She will be allowed "to stay in Britain until her visa expires" in August 2012.


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