New head of MI6 announced

Alex Younger, a former army officer  and career intelligence officer who has been with the UK's foreign intelligence agency SIS (Secret Intelligence Service),  since 1991, has been appointed as ‘C',  the new head of MI6, replacing John Sawers.

Younger is reported to have spent the last two years overseeing the service's intelligence operations worldwide, including postings in Europe and the Middle East, and was the senior MI6 officer in Afghanistan, as well as leading the service's counter-terror work in the three years running up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Younger has issued a statement saying how he looked forward to working in close partnership with MI5 and GCHQ, and how he is  determined to build on his predecessor's work modernising the service to cope with new threats (presumably such as cyber attacks), “and bring my ideas for a modern service to life."

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