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MI5 spy called ‘Director K’ says Russian agents are like an unpredictable storm threatening Britain

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The MI5’s head of counterintelligence for the hostile states has called for an update to the 100-year-old Official Secrets Act and for the British public to play a part in an unpredictable storm of threats.

The senior intelligence officer, who can only be identified publicly by her title, Director K, said hostile states, including China and Russia, are engaging in “increasingly harmful activities” against the UK.

She has warned British citizens to be more vigilant as threats against the UK become increasingly diverse, in the form of state-backed cyber-hackers, election interference and more.

Thames House, MI5’s headquarters, where Director K gave an extremely rare interview to warn British citizens must be more vigilant as threats against the UK become increasingly diverse

Except for Director General Ken McCallum, Director K’s boss, no one as senior as the spy, who is in his forties, has ever given a media interview before.

And to make it better known that threats against the UK are much more comprehensive.

Director K’s job is to protect Britain from assassins, spies and protect the country’s intellectual property.

Britain would be threatened by malicious interference ranging from intellectual property theft to gross murder plots.

This includes the Russian spy who stole the blueprint for the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, and the attempt to kill a Russian double agent with Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury by Vladmir Putin.

Britain is said to be threatened by malicious interference ranging from intellectual property theft to gross murder plots, including the Russian spy who stole the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine blueprint.  Pictured is the Thames House Arch at MI5 headquarters, which was lit purple to celebrate International Day for People with Disabilities

Britain is said to be threatened by malicious interference ranging from intellectual property theft to gross murder plots, including the Russian spy who stole the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine blueprint. Pictured is the Thames House Arch at MI5 headquarters, which was lit purple to celebrate International Day for People with Disabilities

The moment director X’s kids found out their mother is a spy

Director K’s kids discovered she was an MI5 agent with their own spy skills.

The work of security services is so secret that only the agent’s spouses and close relatives can know what their job is.

The Telegraph agreed not to reveal how Director X’s kids deduced what she does for a living, but they confronted her and she confessed.

They now know what she does for a living – and will have to keep that secret of knowing the identity of one of the country’s foremost domestic spies.

She said that under normal circumstances you wouldn’t tell it to children at a young age because of the importance it has.

Although it happened earlier than planned, she said her children are sensible and capable enough.

Under the current Official Secrets Act 1911, only two people have been successfully prosecuted, Director K noted.

Portions of the original law remain in effect even after it was replaced in 1989.

Director K said new legislation is needed because the country still relies on laws that are a century old.

She explained that the decision to review the law is now in the hands of parliament, which must decide the perfect balance between preserving Britain and giving MI5 the tools they need.

She told the Telegraph: ‘In today’s world the threats are really diverse.

“We see it in effect as a series of damages to UK national security and we are focusing on areas where we can have the greatest impact against the toughest threats.

“The threats we look at are mainly protecting the government, protecting secrets, protecting our people, thus counter-murder, protecting our economy and our sensitive technology and critical knowledge.”

In the interview, director K explained that today’s espionage is less and less like the old school movies of espionage action.

She said it affects every person in the UK today.

The UK faced an acute threat from Russia, but in reality it is the threat from China, which it describes as chronic, that has been more of a long-term concern.

Director K described Putin’s Russia as an unpredictable storm, but compared China’s threat to the great risks of climate change.

Director K described Putin's Russia as an unpredictable storm and compared China's threat to the great risks of climate change.  Pictured is the view MI5 staff see as they enter MI5 HQ at Thames House, London

Director K described Putin’s Russia as an unpredictable storm and compared China’s threat to the great risks of climate change. Pictured is the view MI5 staff see as they enter MI5 HQ at Thames House, London

She made a point of warning strategic companies not to sell to Chinese companies because intellectual property is often stolen.

In July, Director General Ken McCallum delivered a major speech at Thames House headquarters in London to warn that ordinary members of the public are not safe from the problems they face from hostile states.

He stressed that the less visible threats “have the potential to affect us all.”

According to the British Security Service, there have been more than 10,000 ‘disguised approaches by foreign spies to ordinary people in the UK, trying to manipulate them’.

These approaches were taken through social media sites such as LinkedIn to steal information.

Mr. McCallum believes that ‘ordinary people’ should be more concerned about cyber attacks, misinformation, interference and espionage on our leading research and technology.

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