Is MI6 fit for the future?

Britain’s overseas spy agency MI6 needs to become ‘more open, in order to stay secret’ according to its new head, Richard Moore. Dan Sabbagh looks at what that might mean

In bygone years it didn’t officially exist: the UK’s foreign intelligence service MI6 was a secret never publicly admitted. But times have changed. MI6 now advertises for recruits and its boss (still codenamed “C”) has a public profile.

The new person in charge, Richard Moore, has now gone one step further and said in a major speech that MI6 must open up more to remain effective. That means more diversifying of its workforce and an acknowledgement that it must form partnerships with cutting edge tech companies rather than operating only in-house.

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