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In defence of GCHQ

Two former directors stand their ground

By Prospect Team   December 2013

Read Chris Huhne on why we’ve been a soft target for spies

Privacy is not an unqualified right

GCHQ, to its great discomfort, is front page news. Its longstanding relationship with the US’s National Security Agency (NSA) is being challenged following disclosures from documents stolen by Edward Snowden. I once heard a grizzled American intelligence officer explain transatlantic differences by saying that Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) employs natural herbivores, NSA prefers carnivores and the Central Intelligence Agency are simply omnivores. Recent revelations seem to bear this out. After media accusations…

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