“Credible Open Source Reporting”, the Intelligence Services and Scottish Independence

Murray, Craig
Pub Date: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 16:01

I write as somebody who held Top Secret clearance for 21 years, with extensive daily use of Top Secret material that entire time, and the highest possible specific codeword clearance above Top Secret for 11 years. I personally conducted for the FCO the largest &;action on&; operation in GCHQ history. (&;Action on&; is the process of declassifying top secret material for, in my particular case, government to government use). I have also given evidence in person in a three hour appearance before Parliament&;s Intelligence and Security Committee.

The BBC has all morning been trailing the imminent report by the Intelligence and Security Committee as showing Russian interference in the Scottish referendum campaign according to &;credible open source reporting&;. It is hardly a surprise that Westminster has weaponised its report to attack not the British Establishment but Scottish Independence.