Britain Challenging Government Secrets

A wiretapping expose brings calls for reforming an archaic law

The barrage of media scrutiny would have been unthinkable for those two discreet representatives of Her Majesty's Secret Service, George Smiley and James Bond. The formerly anonymous head of Britain's MI5 counterintelligence agency, Sir John Jones, 62, was doubtless shocked to find his picture, partly blotted out by government edict, in London's Sunday Times. A few days later, a national television audience got an unprecedented look at MI5's internal operations in a controversial documentary. In short, last week the lid was blown off Britain's venerable intelligence establishment. The reason, according to Liberal Party Leader David Steel: "The secret state is out...

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