MI5 agents can commit crime in UK, government reveals

Secret order on authorised criminality by spies made public after legal battle 
by rights groups

Jamie Grierson @JamieGrierson Fri 2 Mar 2018 11.24 GMT


MI5 agents are allowed to carry out criminal activity in the UK, the government 
has acknowledged for the first time.

The prime minister was on Thursday forced to publish the text of a direction to 
the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office, the spying watchdog, on 
governing “security service participation in criminality”.

It instructs the IPCO to oversee the participation of MI5 agents in criminal 
activity, which was previously conducted by the now-defunct office of the 
Intelligence Services Commissioner, under a secret order referred to as the 
“third direction”.

However, guidance about when British spies can commit crimes, and how far they 
can go, remains confidential.
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The commissioner, Lord Justice Sir Adrian Fulford, said: “I welcome the 
government’s decision to make public my oversight of this sensitive area of 

The order was published after a legal battle by the human rights groups 
Reprieve and Privacy International.

Maya Foa, the director of Reprieve, said: “After a seven-month legal battle the 
prime minister has finally been forced to publish her secret order but we are a 
long way from having transparency.

“The public and parliament are still being denied the guidance that says when 
British spies can commit criminal offences and how far they can go.

“Authorised criminality is the most intrusive power a state can wield. Theresa 
May must publish this guidance without delay.”

Millie Graham Wood, a solicitor at Privacy International, said there was no 
justification why the secret direction was not published earlier.

“Had we not sought to challenge the government over the failure to publish this 
direction, together with Reprieve, it is questionable whether it would have 
ever been brought to light,” she said. “It is wrong in principle for there to 
be entire areas of intelligence oversight and potentially of intelligence 
activity, about which the public knows nothing at all.”

The MI5 website says agents are “one of the most significant information 
gathering assets we have”, adding “intelligence from our agents is critical to 
keeping the UK safe”.

It also states: “Public views of what MI5 agents do are often based on fiction 
and not always accurate. There are many misunderstandings about what our agents 
do, as we cannot say much about those who help us, given our commitment to 
protect their identity.”

Please consider seriously the reason why these elite institutions are not 
discussed in the mainstream press despite the immense financial and political 
power they wield? 
There are sick and evil occultists running the Western World. They are power 
mad lunatics like something from a kids cartoon with their fingers on the 
nuclear button! Armageddon is closer than you thought. Only God can save our 
souls from their clutches, at least that's my considered opinion - Tony

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