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Britain's MI6 to get around 1,000 spies in biggest expansion since cold war: report

REUTERS
Published Sep 22, 2016, 2:55 pm IST
Updated Sep 22, 2016, 2:55 pm IST
MI6, will see its numbers increase to a little under 3,500 by 2020.
A police boat patrols the river Thames near the MI6 headquarters in London. (Photo: AP)
 A police boat patrols the river Thames near the MI6 headquarters in London. (Photo: AP)

London: Britain's foreign intelligence service is to get 40 per cent more spies in one of the biggest expansions since the Cold War as MI6 seeks to harness new technology, the BBC said.

The Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, will see its numbers increase to a little under 3,500 by 2020 from around 2,500, the BBC said, citing unidentified sources. MI6 does not disclose its staff numbers.

 

MI6 chief Alex Younger said this week that the Islamist terrorist threat to the West would endure for years to come because simply taking back territory from ISIS will not solve the deeper global fractures which have fostered militants.

MI6, depicted by novelists as the employer of some of the most memorable fictional spies from John le Carre's George Smiley to Ian Fleming's James Bond, operates overseas and is tasked with defending Britain and its interests.

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