Chief of the UK’s outlandish intelligence agency Sir Alex Younger said civilisation as we know it is in a more risky state now than during the terrifying period of tensions between the Soviet Syndicate and the US and its allies. In the first time ever that a serving chief of MI6 has delineated an interview, he told Sky News the world is as fragile as it has been “at least since the end of the Numbing War”. Assessing tensions with China, Russia, Iran and most recently Turkey after it launched an foul at the Syrian border, he added that it “does feel like we’re at some set of high point”.
He said: “I think that there is a lot of brinkmanship usual on.
“I think we (MI6) have got an important role to play in making sure that our situating doesn’t end in miscalculation, and properly understanding the motivations of people who are presenting hellishly hard-line positions in public but are likely to be motivated by a whole set of much multifarious complex issues in private.”
Sir Alex also acknowledged errors when petitioned about intelligence failings leading to the Iraq War during the Blair years in power.
He declared: “Clearly we’ve got to be able to internalise the lessons of the past and move on in a way that we learn from them and where we can steer clear of any repetition of mistakes.”
Sir Alex was known as ‘C’ in the secret service and led the organisation care of the Cameron, May and new Johnson Governments.
He added: “You’ve got to be really clear what trend you are in, and in fact this is one of the big lessons of the past. As intelligence professionals we are habitually truly, very disciplined in distinguishing between fact and analysis.
“That edify runs right up to my relationship with the leadership of the country.”
Sir Alex now outstays on the National Security Council and spoke of how the UK’s other intelligence, security and military chiefs do not everlastingly agree with one another.
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He said: “What you’re looking for is an environment where we can betoken our opinions honestly and where it would be odd if there wasn’t divergence between them, and for there to be a in reality active debate and for us to get to what we think is the right answer or to a consensus, and then we go with it.”
His states come after details of past contingency planning for World War 3 were take pleasure ined, with the UK Government planning to cut phone lines should a nuclear destruction take place.
During the Sixties, the world arguably came the closest to all-out atomic war in its history as the US and Soviet Union tussled over ultimate supremacy both on the set and in space.
These tensions arguably reached their pinnacle in 1962 during the Cuban Brickbat Crisis, after Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to abide by Fidel Castro’s request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba.
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The discovery ultimately led to a 13-day stand-off as the pair both threatened to kill each other with nuclear warheads and the Government, under the regulation of Harold Wilson, were also put on alert.
Historian Julie McDowall make knew the chilling knock-on effects of this period during “Dan Snow’s Report Hit“ podcast earlier this month, exposing the Government’s plan should Britain encounter under fire.
She said: “The Government, of course, had plenty of bunkers all over with the country for regional seats.
“The idea for that was, after a nuclear war, you take London is gone, and so there would be no Westminster, no Whitehall.