R. Tomlinson. Big fail. Secrets Revealed British intelligence MI-6
INTRODUCTION TO RUSSIAN EDITION.
The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of "Cold War" marked the beginning of an unprecedented crisis in the British intelligence services. Events, most of whom MI6 failed to predict, in fact, left out in the cold as the very MI-6 and MI-5 - the country's counterintelligence service. Organizations established mainly to deal with the threat from the Soviet bloc, it is difficult to adapt to new conditions. This now needs hundreds of specialists sovietologists, only able to give a comprehensive statement on all kinds of quirks and tricks of the Kremlin? New circumstances require new solutions. The Changing World of steps toward an uncertain future, no longer burdened with the powerful opposition of two antagonistic blocs, but the intelligence services of the United Kingdom and can not find its place in it.
Yes, the intelligence began to develop new spheres of activity, the fight against rising crime, whether it be money laundering or drug trafficking, but doing it with distaste, believing that such work degrades their dignity. Moreover, in the era of the dictates of human rights and freedom of expression has lost the status of absolute secrecy. Intelligence agencies have not been able to quickly adapt to the situation and are now choking on internal crises, one after another, shaking their agencies. In 1991, when I joined the staff of MI-6, the theme of the activities of intelligence agencies was virtually closed to the press, but now not a week passes without newspapers and television did not report anything sensational in this area.
Until recently, the reformers did not find understanding in Whitehall. The Security Service, still holds the levers of power, demonstrating an enviable grip. The British government, whichever party it either led, single-mindedly continued to pursue the former intelligence officials and journalists in a vain attempt to protect the public from "unnecessary" information. I'm not the only one who was persecuted by the security agencies and special services. David and Annie Sheylor Meychon Martin Ingremz, Liam Klardzh, Nigel Wylde, Martin Bright, Tony Geraghty, Ed Maloney, Julie-Anne Davies and James Steen - all of them were injured in varying degrees. Some were victims of injunctions, others - police raids, someone landed in jail.
It is clear that British laws are outdated. Most countries with democratic regimes governed by universally recognized principles of freedom of expression and free access to information. In the UK, the level of accountability of the security services of the public is reduced to zero. Parliamentary Committee for espionage and state security, subject only to the Prime Minister offers to settle for a semblance of control. Most Western powers hold far more progressive look with respect to its security forces. Even former enemy of the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, professes much more democratic methods of control over the activities of the SVR and the FSB.
I have been criticized for the fact that in his book, I am supposed to make public the secrets of national importance. On this occasion, I want to note the following. Firstly, intelligence are mostly really secret only a few days, and sometimes hours, and I left with the security authorities six years ago. In addition, because of their position of Associate I do not even have access to information of special importance. MI6 opposed the publication of my book is not out of fear that I can accidentally give state secrets. More damaging to the reputation of the MI6 story of my life after leaving the intelligence services, exposing the punitive nature of the agency. Instead of quietly resolve any minor differences between us, it spent millions of dollars of taxpayers' money on something to put me in jail, chase around the world, imposing judicial