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Group.png MI6   Powerbase
MI6 HQ Building London, viewed from the North bank of the River Thames
Secret Intelligence Service logo.svg
Motto Semper Occultus
(Always Secret)
Predecessor Secret Service Bureau
Formation 1909
Parent organization United Kingdom
Type Intelligence agency

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Leader Chief of the SIS
Alex Younger.jpg
Incumbent: Alex Younger
Since 1 November 2014
Subgroups • Irish Joint Section
• Global Issues Controllerate
Staff 3,200
Website http://www.mi6.gov.uk
Interest of Richard M. Bennett, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament
Exposed by Compton Mackenzie

MI6, also known as the Secret Intelligence Service is a UK intelligence agency charged with foreign intelligence and operations. Its full name is HM Secret Intelligence Service[citation needed]. Its headquarters (right) are at 85 Vauxhall Cross, London, on the South Bank of the river Thames Map. It is not to be confused with MI5, which focuses on the UK. Some rivalry exists between the two groups.

Official Narrative

The group became known publicly in the 1932 book Greek Memories, by MI6 agent Compton Mackenzie, though the book was banned and Mackenzie fined for breeching the Official Secrets Act.[1] Until 1994, the organisation was not officially acknowledged to exist. The official narrative was written in 2010 by Keith Jeffery and launched with help of John Scarlett.[2] Jeffery states that MI6 has a "remarkable level of achievement" and that "I looked very hard for 'bad stuff'.. in the end I found less evidence than perhaps we might have expected, certainly less evidence than I might have expected as the amateur espionage fiction buff that I was."[3] Impressed by documents relating to Operation Embarrass, he appears not to have considered that this revelation might be a limited hangout.


Before it was even officially admitted to exist, on 9 December 1993, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern has noted that in the post-Cold War era, the UK’s SIS was "not purely an information-gathering service" but also "tasked by Government to carry out other valuable services".[4] The extreme secrecy of MI6's operations, and the statements by various whistleblowers does not inspire confidence in their purportedly high ethical standards.

State sponsored murder

On 19th February 2008 when speaking to an inquest about the premature death of Princess Diana, former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove publicly confirmed that MI6 agents may be granted a licence to kill (contradicted by the 2010 Guardian report of the official narrative[3]). Dearlove admitted that, under the UK's Intelligence Services Act, MI6 agents were allowed to conduct illegal activities in the interests of national security, if given the written permission of the UK Foreign Secretary for a "Class Seven authorisation". However, to the clear disbelief of some in the public gallery, Dearlove claimed that this had never happened during his career in the service and that lethal force "played no part in the policy of Her Majesty's government".[5] In April 2009 the former shadow home secretary, David Davis, asked how many such authorisation have been signed in recent years, he was told that the figure was confidential because "it would assist those unfriendly to the UK".[6]

Demand for public disclosure

On 13 May 2014, former diplomat Patrick Haseldine emailed David Cameron to request he "open all MI6 files on state sponsored murders".[7][8][9][10]


1999 List of MI6 agents

On 14 May 1999 a list of 116 MI6 agents, together with supporting commentary, was published on Lyndon LaRouche's now archived "Executive Intelligence Review" site.[11] It was immediately replicated on other sites and in spite of efforts by MI6 to have the information removed, as of February 2014, it remains posted on Cryptome. [12] It has been alleged that Richard Tomlinson was the source of the list, but he has consistently denied this. In The Big Breach he wrote "If MI6 had set out to produce a list that caused me the maximum incrimination, but caused them the minimum damage, they could not have done a better job."


Full article: Chief of the SIS

The Chief of the SIS is the only publicly acknowledged position of MI6. Since Sir David Spedding held the position (1994-1999) it has been held for 5 years at a time. The Chief tends to appoint the deputies.

See Also


Events carried out

1975 Australian coup15 October 1975 - 11 November 1975Canberra
Iran/1953 coup d'état15 August 1953 - 19 August 1953Iran
Operation Crevice30 March 2004
Operation Embarrass14 February 1947 - 1948
Operation Mass Appeal

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