The head of MI5 has joined the security establishment’s anti-Putin onslaught. But his organisation agrees that Moscow is not the greatest threat
Today’s speech by the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, has been presented as a first – the first time the head of the UK’s domestic intelligence service has delivered a speech abroad, specifically at a conference of security heads in Berlin. But this is the only respect in which it is a first. It might as accurately be described as the latest in a series of public utterances by UK intelligence chiefs and top brass, which began last autumn and continued with the head of GCHQ addressing a cybersecurity conference in Manchester last month.
The conclusion has to be that Russia is considered a ‘safe’, useful, and almost eternal enemy by the UK’s powers-that-be