Alex Younger

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Born4 July 1963

[[|x22px|link=Chief of the SIS]] Chief of the SIS

In office
1 November 2014 - Present
Preceded byJohn Sawers

Sir Alex Younger's briefing notes for his first public speech as head of the Secret Intelligence Service contained some of the material supplied by Christopher Steele, according to security sources.[1] Drawing on the alleged hacking carried out by Moscow in the 2016 US presidential election campaign, he warned of the danger facing Britain and Western European allies, and especially to elections due to be held next year.[2]

Background

With a degree in economics, Younger joined SIS in 1991 and served in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He became head of counter intelligence in 2009, in which role he was involved in security for the London Olympics 2012. He became Deputy Director in 2012, before being nominated as Chief in October 2014.[3]

In a leaked list of 160 MI6 agents - which was originally believed to have been released by Richard Tomlinson, although government officials subsequently "acknowledged that the list did not come from Mr Tomlinson" - Alex Younger is mentioned as having been posted to Vienna in 1995.[4]

As of 2015, Younger was paid a salary of between £160,000 and £164,999 by SIS, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[5]

In 2016 Younger said cyber-attacks, propaganda and subversion from hostile states pose a “fundamental threat” to European democracies including the UK. In a rare speech by an MI6 chief while in office Younger did not specifically name Russia but left no doubt that this was the target of his remarks. Russia has since been accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election and there are concerns it could do the same in French and German elections in 2017.[6]

Syria

Sir Alex warns about Russia's actions in Syria

The head of MI6 has accused Russia of trying to turn the Syrian city of Aleppo into a desert… and then 'call it peace'. Sir Alex Younger, who's known as C, was giving his first public speech in the role, and the first ever speech at MI6 headquarters in London. He warned Russia's actions would have a 'tragic' outcome, which could increase the threat to Britain.[7]

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References

  1. Trump–Russia 'golden showers' dossier
  2. "Head of MI6 used information from Trump dossier in first public speech"
  3. "Moderniser who kept Britain safe takes on ISIS as new M". The Times. 4 October 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  4. "Outcast: the spy who wants to spill the beans". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 April 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  5. "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  6. "Hostile states pose 'fundamental threat' to Europe, says MI6 chief". The Guardian. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  7. "Analysis: MI6 Head Slams Russia In First Speech"