UNITED KINGDOM

Post-Cold War

2006

Generally

Materials presented chronologically.

Carr, John. "Greek Paper Prints Photo of 'MI6 Agent.'" Times (London), 5 Jan. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"A photograph purporting to be Britain's top MI6 agent in Greece was published today on the front page" of the Athens newspaper Eleftherotypia. Controversy is "continu[ing] over the alleged role of British agents in the arrest and supposed abuse of a group of Pakistanis living in Athens."

Evans, Michael. "MI5 Plans 200 Extra Counter-Terrorist Officers to Tackle Home-Grown Threat." Times (London), 5 Jan. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"[A]n injection of extra money from the Treasury" in December 2005 will be spent by the Security Service (MI5) to recruit and train "another 200 intelligence officers to cope with what is recognised to be a rising threat from home-grown terrorists. The intensive recruiting programme will raise staffing levels to 3,200 by 2008, with more than 70 per cent devoted to counter-terrorism operations."

Haines, Lester. "UK Lifts Lid on Unmanned Stealth Aircraft." The Register, 16 Jan. 2006. [http://www.theregister.co.uk]

According to the BBC, the UK has unveiled "the 'Corax' unmanned stealth surveillance aircraft," a BAE systems development project. Commenting earlier on the Corax, Hoyle, Flight International, 19 Dec. 2005, adds that "the high-speed design uses a shrouded, above-fuselage engine and has an extended wing with moving control surfaces."

Page, Jeremy. "Analysis: A Shot across Western Bows." Times (London), 23 Jan. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"The timing of the release of the story [of a fake rock packed with surveillance equipment] on state television is very telling. The Russian Parliament has recently passed legislation requiring all of Russia's non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to register with a new regulatory body.... The crucial allegation in the [television] documentary ... was that one of the British diplomats involved in this spying ring was personally signing off grants for NGOs. It was a tenuous link, but the intended message was very clear: he's obviously a spy and he's passing NGOs Western money so that they can undermine the Russian state. It may seem simplistic..., but it has played very well in Russia."

Page, Jeremy, and Richard Beeston. "The 'British' Spy Operation Found Lurking under a Rock." Times (London), 24 Jan. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

At first glance, the grainy film aired on Moscow television on 22 January 2006 seems to show innocent behavior. But, according to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), what is seen is "Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service in action."

Four men are accused of being "spies working under cover at the British Embassy in Moscow. And the mysterious object [in the film] was a high-tech telecommunications device concealed inside a fake rock.... Passing agents could transmit secret information to this electronic dead letter box through a simple hand-held computer."

The television report "identified the four alleged spies as Marc Doe, a second secretary in the political section, Paul Crompton, a third secretary in the political section, and Christopher Pirt and Andrew Fleming, both researchers without diplomatic status. It also alleged that a Russian citizen who had contacts with the four had been detained and confessed to espionage." See also, Steven Lee Myers, "Russia Says Britain Used a Fake Rock to Hide Spy Gear," New York Times, 24 Jan. 2006.

Page, Jeremy. "Spies Collect More Toys as Cold War Turns to Hot Peace." Times (London), 25 Jan. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"[I]f intelligence experts are correct,... Western spy agencies [are] step[ping] up their operations in Russia to a level not seen since the Soviet collapse.... Western intelligence services said last year that Russia had aggressively escalated its spying ... since President Putin... took power in 2000.... What is less widely publicised is that US and British intelligence have also been actively recruiting Russian-speaking agents in tandem with Russia's growing economic and political clout."

BBC. "New 'FBI-Style' Agency Launched." 1 Apr. 2006. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Establishment of Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) announced.

McGrory, Daniel, Stewart Tendler, and Michael Evans. "Police Hunt For Lethal Chemical Suicide Vest." Times (London), 3 Jun. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

On 2 June 2006, police wearing oxygen masks and protective chemical gear raided a house in Forest Gate, East London. They were acting on the basis of "a tip-off from MI5" that "a British suicide bomber was ready to deploy" wearing a home-made chemical device. A 23-year-old postal worker was wounded in the raid and is at a hospital under police guard. His 20-year-old brother "was being questioned at Paddington Green high security police station."

Reuters. "UK Police Continue Anti-Terror Op." 3 Jun. 2006. [http://www.cnn.com]

On 3 June 2006, "[p]olice in protective black boiler suits ... searched an east London house raided the previous day by anti-terrorist officers who arrested two men, shooting and wounding one of them. Police, who said Friday's raid was the response to a specific threat of attack, refused to comment on news reports that the men were plotting to use a chemical weapon."

Naughton, Philippe. "MI6 Agent Jailed in Moscow for Betraying Russian Spies." Times (London), 9 Aug. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/]

On 9 August 2006, "retired Russian intelligence officer, Col. Sergei Skripal, was sentenced to 13 years in jail ... for passing state secrets to Britain's MI6 and betraying dozens of Russian spies working in Europe in the late 1990s.... Russian officials did not spell out which branch of Russian intelligence Skripal worked for."

Frean, Alexandra, and Michael Evans. "Universities 'Asked to Act as Spies for Intelligence Services.'" Times (London), 19 Oct. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) "plans to enlist the help of British universities in the war against terrorism have been delayed after academics complained that they were being asked to spy for the British intelligence services."

[Manningham-Buller, Eliza] "The International Terrorist Threat to the UK." Times (London), 10 Nov. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

Text of a speech delivered on 9 November 2006: "I have been Director General of the Security Service/M15 since 2002. Before that I was Deputy Director General for five years. During that time, and before, I have witnessed a steady increase in the terrorist threat to the UK.... [T]oday, I want to set out my views on: the realities of the terrorist threat facing the UK in 2006; what motivates those who pose that threat; and what my Service is doing, with others, to counter it. I speak not as a politician, nor as a pundit, but as someone who has been an intelligence professional for 32 years."

Knight, Sam. "Fallout Spreads from Russian Spy Death ." Times (London), 24 Nov. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

The fallout from the suspicious death in London of the former KGB agent and Kremlin critic, Alexander Litvinenko, has "reached the highest levels" of the British government, as the Cobra Cabinet emergency committee, "Britain's top ministers and security officials[,] met to discuss the case." Scotland Yard has confirmed that traces of polonium-210, a highly toxic radioactive substance, have been "found in Litvinenko's urine."

MacIntyre, Ben. "Family at War with MI6 over Secret Files of Britain's Greatest Spy against the Nazis." Times (London), 16 Dec. 2006. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

The family of Paul Rosbaud, one of the most important British agents during World War II, is locked in a legal battle with MI6 for the files that relate to Rosbaud's activities. Codenamed "The Griffin," Rosbaud was an Austrian scientist who "provided Britain with valuable intelligence on jet aircraft, radar, flying bombs and Nazi attempts to develop the atomic bomb.... At the end of the war, Rosbaud was spirited out of Germany in British military uniform and settled in London. He died in 1963."

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