Jonathan Evans

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Person.png Jonathan Evans   Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-icon.png
(spook, terror expert, banker)
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Born1958
NationalityBritish
Alma materUniversity of Bristol

Employment.png Director of HSBC

In office
6 August 2013 - Present
Joined after HSBC had been fined by US authorities nearly $2 billion (£1.3 billion) "for acting as a conduit for Mexican drug money and sanctions busting".

Employment.png Board member

In office
- March 2015
EmployerNational Crime Agency
Resigned due to criticism of conflicts of interest with his job as NSBC Director.

MI5 crest and logo.png Director General of MI5 Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
20 April 2007 - 22 April 2013
Preceded byEliza Manningham-Buller
Succeeded byAndrew Parker

MI5 crest and logo.png Deputy Director General of MI5

In office
February 2005 - 20 April 2007
Preceded byFraser Wilson

Employment.png MI5/G Branch/Director

In office
1 September 2001 - February 2005

Employment.png Head of Middle Eastern Counter-terrorism

In office
1998 - 31 August 2001
EmployerMI5/G Branch
Joined in Autumn 1998

Employment.png 

In office
1985 - 1998
EmployerMI5/G_Branch

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In office
1980 - 1985
EmployerMI5/G_Branch

Jonathan Evans was the Director General of MI5 and is the sixteenth person to have held that post since it was created in 1909.

Official Narrative

According to the MI5 website:

Jonathan graduated from Bristol University, where he gained a degree in Classical Studies. On joining the Security Service in 1980 he worked on counter-espionage investigations, before moving in 1985 to protective security policy, advising departmental security officers on the protection of classified information. Jonathan then worked on implementing policy changes as part of Sir Anthony Duff's modernisation of the Service.
Since then, Jonathan's main focus has been counter "terrorism", both international and domestic. Various postings in Irish-related counter "terrorism" during the late 1980s and 1990s were interspersed with a spell as head of the Security Service's secretariat, and also two years attached to the Home Office. During this secondment, Jonathan was closely involved in the development and implementation of VIP security policy.[1]

H Branch

According to official MI5 historian Christopher Andrew, Evans was serving in H Branch as H1B/1, when Duff's successor Sir Patrick Walker ordered his superior H1/0 to carry out a strategic review of the service in February 1990. Evans recalled a 'stormy' discussion of H1B/1's findings by the MI5 Management Board, where the service's legal advisor David Bickford clashed with Walker.[2]

G Branch

Evans was appointed as G9, head of Middle Eastern counter-terrorism within MI5's G Branch in the autumn of 1998.[3]

He was appointed head of G Branch 10 days before 9/11 in September 2001.[4]

Deputy Director-General

Evans became Deputy Director General of the Security Service in February 2005.[5]

Director General

Evans succeeded Eliza Manningham-Buller as Director General of MI5 in April 2007, a job he was replaced by Andrew Parker on April 22, 2013.[6][7] Evans gave a speech to the Society of Editors in Manchester in November 2007. [8]

Domestic Terrorism

In his first speech after taking over as Director-General of MI5, Jonathan Evans stated that Islamists were "radicalising indoctrinating and grooming young, vulnerable people to carry out acts of terrorism" and were ""...methodically and intentionally targeting young people and children in the UK".[9] The Telegraph reported that according to Jonathan Evans: "MI5 had identified 2,000 individuals who pose a direct threat to national security and public safety but warned the number of potential terrorists living in this country could run to 4,000".[10]Talking about the threat of "terrorism" and the potential for future attacks, he stated that the threat was so severe that "there is no sign of it reducing".[11]

Binyam Mohamed case

In February 2009, the Court of Appeal ruled that MI5 must disclose CIA intelligence which showed service's own complicity in the mistreatment of British detainee Binyam Mohamed.[12]

Following the judgment, Evans wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph, arguing that "some of the recent reporting on the supposed activities and culture of MI5 has been so far from the truth that it couldn’t be left unchallenged, particularly against the backdrop of the current severe terrorist threat to this country."[13]

He went on to warn that "our enemies will also seek to use all tools at their disposal to attack us":

That means not just bombs, bullets and aircraft but also propaganda and campaigns to undermine our will and ability to confront them. Their freedom to voice extremist views is part of the price we pay for living in a democracy, and it is a price worth paying because in the long term, our democracy underpins our security.
But we would do well to maintain a fair and balanced view of events as they unfold and avoid falling into conspiracy theory and caricature.[14]

Guardian journalist Richard Norton-Taylor suggested that Evans' article was an implicit attack on the judges who made the ruling, particularly Lord Neuberger, whose draft judgment had accused MI5 of misleading the Intelligence and Security Committee, and of having a "culture of suppression" that does not respect human rights.[15]

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A Document by Jonathan Evans

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:MI5 DG Speech 16-9-10speech16 September 2010MI5
Worshipful Company of Security Professionals
Speech by Jonathan Evans, as Director General of MI5, to the "Worshipful Company of Security Professionals" in October 2010. The "Worshipful Company" (ie livery company of the City of London) tag hints at the Masonic and occult nature of the British establishment in general and its Intelligence and security structures in particular.


References

  1. Director General, MI5, accessed 26 October 2009.
  2. Christopher, Andrew, The Defence of the Realm, Allen Lane, 2009, pp.779-780.
  3. Christopher, Andrew, The Defence of the Realm, Allen Lane, 2009, p.806.
  4. MI5 deputy due to start top post, BBC News, 20 April 2007.
  5. Christopher, Andrew, The Defence of the Realm, Allen Lane, 2009, p.821.
  6. Christopher, Andrew, The Defence of the Realm, Allen Lane, 2009, p.826.
  7. http://news.sky.com/story/1071101/mi5-chief-agency-names-new-director-general
  8. Full text of MI5 Director-General's speech, telegraph.co.uk, 7 November 2007.
  9. Phillip Johnston, MI5: Al-Qaeda recruiting UK children for terror, The Telgraph, 05.11.07, accessed 18.03.10
  10. Phillip Johnston, MI5: Al-Qaeda recruiting UK children for terror, The Telgraph, 05.11.07, accessed 18.03.10
  11. Phillip Johnston, MI5: Al-Qaeda recruiting UK children for terror, The Telgraph, 05.11.07, accessed 18.03.10
  12. Richard Norton-Taylor, Binyam Mohamed court ruling shatters spies' culture of secrecy, guardian.co.uk, 10 February 2010.
  13. Jonathan Evans, Jonathan Evans: conspiracy theories aid Britain's enemies, telegraph.co.uk, 11 February 2010.
  14. Jonathan Evans, Jonathan Evans: conspiracy theories aid Britain's enemies, telegraph.co.uk, 11 February 2010.
  15. Richard Norton-Taylor, MI5's propaganda own-goal, guardian.co.uk, 12 February 2010.