Thatcher’s government took frantic steps to ban a book alleging that GCHQ’s inefficiency and security negligence had cost British lives.
Declassified UK obtains first evidence of the environmental footprint of Britain’s surveillance agency, GCHQ, which shows its staff are flying nearly three times more than the average Briton annually, raising questions about the scale of its global base network, which has never been officially acknowledged.
The new ‘authorised history’ of GCHQ, Britain’s largest intelligence agency, ignores or simply dismisses its most controversial activities as supposed scandals, giving a thoroughly one-sided account of the spy agency.
Internal emails from GCHQ show the organisation decided it ‘will not be engaging further’ with Matt Kennard, Declassified’s head of investigations, the day he published what the agency privately disparaged as a ‘negative long-read’ about its secretive schools programme.
Britain’s largest intelligence agency, GCHQ, is refusing to publish details of its bases in Oman, where it is believed to operate three surveillance sites.
The need for proper scrutiny of the UK’s security and intelligence agencies, such as MI5, MI6, GCHQ and the military’s special forces, is becoming increasingly urgent. A number of practical measures would make these agencies more transparent and accountable to the public.