British media, as well as the MI6 security services refuse to allow anybody to forget of the alleged Skripal case and efforts of the 75,000 alleged Russian spies in London.
Alex Younger, the current head of the MI6, on December 3rd warned adversaries and mostly Russia to not attempt and meddle in the British “way of life,” CNN reported.
Younger reiterated the speech of the new Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, Gen. Mark Carleton-Smith who said that Russia is a “far greater threat” than ISIS and that the UK “cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses.”
“The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it,” he added.
Young also spoke of the evolution of intelligence work as new technologies make for a “blurred line between the cyber and physical worlds.”
“The era of the fourth industrial revolution calls for a fourth-generation espionage: fusing our traditional human skills with accelerated innovation, new partnerships and a mindset that mobilizes diversity and empowers the young,” he said.
He also emphasized the importance of strategic alliances across Europe. Which is on-going at full speed, considering the Integrity Initiative.
The Business Insider further cited Young as claiming that Russia broke one of the primary rules of espionage and won’t be trusted again. The question stands, however: When was Russia trusted to begin with?
The rule that Russia broke, according to the MI6 chief, is that of spy swap by allegedly attempting to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
“Alex Younger said British spies had to revise their assumptions about Moscow after Skripal was attacked with a deadly nerve agent, in an operation which Britain has pinned on Russia’s GRU spy agency.”
Younger claimed that the UK believed Russian President Vladimir Putin when he pardoned Skripal in 2010 in return for its own agents. The MI6 considered that the spy swap “had meaning” and would be honored.
It is also surprising that the Russian security services have only broken so few rules of espionage, or maybe the Russian agents fail to understand the rules of the “fourth-generation espionage.”
After all, judging by reports of the misconduct of alleged Russian spies and hackers, they appear to be so incompetent that it is a surprise they even manage to get any “operation” past the halfway point. The “supervillain” Putin simply needs to hire better henchmen.
Or maybe the MI6 and other Western intelligence services are so well-versed in espionage that they do not even require proof to deem that any individual is guilty, simply by being Russian.