MI6 HQ Building London, viewed from the North bank of the River Thames
|Predecessor||Secret Service Bureau|
|Headquarters||SIS Building, London|
Chief of the SIS|
Incumbent: Alex Younger
Since 1 November 2014
• Irish Joint Section|
• Global Issues Controllerate
|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. 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.
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. 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. 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." Impressed by documents relating to Operation Embarrass, he appears not to have considered that this revelation might be a limited hangout.
- Full article: MI6/Black budget
- Full article: MI6/Black budget
Before it was even officially admitted to exist, on 9 December 1993, the Lord Chancellor, James Mackay remarked 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". MI6 claims accountability for its operations, by the 1940s MI6 already had a multi-million pound black budget to fund black ops.
MI6's claim of higher ethical standards is undermined by its uncritical promotion of narratives such as the "war on terror". In Decemer 2016, Alex Younger told journalists that "terrorism" was the most immediate threat to the UK.
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). 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". 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".
Demand for public disclosure
Events carried out
|1975 Australian coup||15 October 1975 - 11 November 1975||Canberra|
|Iran/1953 coup d'état||15 August 1953 - 19 August 1953||Iran|
|Operation Crevice||30 March 2004|
|Operation Embarrass||14 February 1947 - 1948|
|Operation Mass Appeal|
|CIA-MI6 Intel Ops and Sabotage||article||7 February 2012||Felicity Arbuthnot||In 1957, joint plans by the CIA and MI6 to destabilize Syria by means of staged border incidents and special forces assassinations of key political figures were approved by UK PM Harold Macmillan and US President Eisenhower.|
|Getting it Right||article||2011||Lobster Magazine||A realistic appraisal of the functioning and lack of EFFECTIVE political oversight of the UK Secret Intelligence Services|
|MI5 and MI6 pay out £12m to Britons held in Guantánamo||webpage||11 August 2011||Christopher Hope|
|MI6, Theresa May and the Manchester attack||Article||30 May 2017||Jonathan Cook||And so the story of MI6 and Theresa May, their sponsorship of Islamic jihadism, and the likely “blowback” the UK just experienced in Manchester is a sleeping dog no one seems willing to disturb.|
|On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Uncensored||webpage||1 April 2001||Gordon Logan|
|File:Osp8.pdf||report||November 2005||The selection criteria and process for deciding on the selection of Intelligence records for declassification and inclusion in the National Archive|
|Our Secret Servants - The Shayler Affair||article||1 January 1998||Robin Ramsay||MI5 and it's schizophrenic relationship with government|
|Rothschild TNK-BP Intriguers Drafted The Trump-Russia Report||article||14 January 2017||Yoichi Shimatsu||An in-depth analysis of a 35 page UK-sourced intelligence document purporting to discredit Donald Trump and prove Russian involvement in the so-called 'hacking' of the 2016 presidential election.|
|File:Security Services Act 1989.pdf||legal document||The Security Services Act 1989|
|Speech by Head of MI6||speech||28 October 2010||John Sawers||A speech by then Director General of MI6 to The Society of Editors about the work of the SIS's and their relationship with the media.|
|Swedish Medical Association Says White Helmets Murdered Kids for Fake Gas Attack Videos||article||6 April 2017||Gordon Duff||President Trump is now threatening to take America into a war against Syria, Iran and even Russia, a war he says is justified by “evidence” he received from Al Qaeda's White Helmets, a “Deep State” organisation funded by the CIA and MI6|
|File:The Big Breach.pdf||book||2001||Richard Tomlinson||Ex-MI6 officer Richard Tomlinson tells his story - of particular interest in what he has to say about the death of Diana Pricess of Wales. The UK authorites made strenuous efforts to prevent publication of the book and Tomlinson was subjected to serious harassment and terms of imprisonment|
|The Markov and Maxwell Murders||webpage||20 August 2011||Gordon Logan|
|Torture Inquiry must reveal the Truth||article||7 July 2010||Peter Oborne|
|UK Intelligence And Security Report, 2003||report||June 2003||Richard M. Bennett|
|A compendious summary of the UK Intelligence And Security agencies, including people, events and places.|
|File:Ukintell0809.pdf||report||2008||UK Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report 2007-2008|
- HL Deb 528, 1–12, 9 December 1993, col.1029.
- Executive Intelligence Review archive site
- Cryptome page about the MI6 list(s)