15 December 201615:25

Comment by the Information and Press Department on anti-Russian remarks by Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) Alex Younger


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We took note of an anti-Russian remark Chief of the British MI6 service Alex Younger made at a news conference on December 8. He made the unsubstantiated claim that Britain is under threat from high-tech sabotage carried out by regimes like Moscow and that the Russians will try to undermine the upcoming elections in Germany and France.

It looks like fundamental democratic institutions are now interfering with the way Western elites have become accustomed to governing their countries for decades now. British intelligence, which has clearly lost touch with reality, is trying to hide its shortcomings and setbacks behind their favourite theory about the alleged machinations of external forces. We hear this more and more from the leaders of Western, in particular British, intelligence services.

Regrettably, the Anglo-Saxon world has in recent years developed a firmly entrenched habit of bringing charges without providing specific evidence. This is a dangerous path. Everybody remembers how, under the pretext of “undeniable” evidence, which turned out to be an undeniable lie, the war in Iraq was unleashed, which was willingly supported by London. And, by the way, there still has been no accountability.

Several years later, we see MI6 and its overseas handlers return to their old habit of conducting witch hunts instead of dealing with real challenges and threats. Perhaps they do not fully realise who the real enemy is today, because, in Syria, the United States and its allies have, for several years now, been unable to figure out who is a terrorist and who is a freedom fighter. Or, maybe they just lost their touch and this is their way of justifying their existence and earning their keep?

In any case, Mr Younger finds it easier to scare his own people by invoking the “Russian threat” and “hybrid warfare” than to confront the terrorists and extremists. It’s unfortunate that certain Western intelligence agencies and politicians have chosen this path. Returning to reality and restoring international credibility is something they will have to deal with sooner or later. The sooner, the better.


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