From the Daily Telegraph:
The Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, has issued a warning that the safety of the UK would be put at risk if its secrets are compromised.
In the first public speech by a serving MI6 chief, Sir John Sawers launched a veiled attack on the courts system which has demanded evidence from agents during a string of human rights cases.
Sir John claimed it was essential that MI6's agents and other intelligence agencies were confident that their secrets were protected otherwise the channels of information would dry up.
Every day, he received reports of terrorist plots "bent on maiming and murdering" people in Britain, he said, describing the process as "draining".
"Secrecy is not a dirty word," he said in a speech to the Society of Editors in London. "Secrecy is not there as a cover up. Secrecy pays a crucial part in keeping Britain safe and secure."
His speech, delivered at the London offices of Thomson Reuters, comes four years after Eliza Manningham-Buller, then-head of the MI5 domestic security service, made the first public appearance by a top intelligence chief...
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