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Lee Rigby verdict: What should we expect of our spies?

Read Gregory F Treverton's piece on assessing the success of the security services

By Prospect Team  

Murdered fusilier Lee Rigby

Yesterday Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were convicted of the murder of Lee Rigby, the British soldier whom they struck with a car and attacked with knives in Woolwich, South London, in May. 

According to the Telegraph, Adebolajo’s defence team claimed he had been approached by the security services “earlier this year”. An episode of the BBC’s Panorama broadcast on Thursday asks if the security services and others missed opportunities to stop Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebolawe and prevent Lee’s death.

The details of MI5’s…

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