Is Russian espionage really an ‘increasingly aggressive and covert threat’?

Vladimir Putin: He'll never be the West's favourite world leader but is he really the pantomime villain we're all being asked to believe he is? [Image: Barcroft.]

Vladimir Putin: He’ll never be the West’s favourite world leader but is he really the pantomime villain we’re all being asked to believe he is? [Image: Barcroft.]

Provable or propaganda?

Russians have been spying on the West for decades – hundreds of spy novels have been written about it.

But is it really a threat that is becoming an increasing danger?

What would the Russians say in response? Would they not suggest that the West has been increasingly aggressive towards them and they needed to increase their activities in order to defend against our behaviour?

That’s the usual way of it.

All this sabre-rattling seems a little ‘staged’ to This Writer.

I wonder whether the intention is to distract us from something else.

Are we on the verge of an environmental disaster, perhaps?

Russia is adopting an “increasingly aggressive” approach to pursuing its foreign policy goals, including propaganda, spying and cyber-attacks, the head of MI5 has warned.

The Security Service’s director general Andrew Parker said Russia had been a “covert threat” for decades but there were now more methods available for its agents to use.

In an unprecedented newspaper interview, Mr Parker said his service was working to disrupt the activities of Moscow’s spies who were “at work across Europe and in the UK”.

He told the Guardian that at a time when much of the focus was on Islamic extremism, covert action from other countries was a growing danger, with Russia the biggest concern.

Source: Russia is an ‘increasingly aggressive and covert threat’, MI5 spy chief warns – Mirror Online

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6 thoughts on “Is Russian espionage really an ‘increasingly aggressive and covert threat’?

  1. mohandeer

    The US invests billions through NGO’s whose sole purpose is to weave propaganda and destabilizing tactics globally including spying and deploying snooping tactics far beyond that which Russia is willing to waste. Then there are the other EU countries, put it all together and trillions are wasted on blame apportioning against Russia and China and any country that does not fall in line with US diktats.

  2. John Thatcher

    I suspect the intentions of this latest move are at least twofold.One is to fan the current flame of anti Russian propaganda of course,but I suspect the main motive is to soften up public opinion to accept draconian restrictions on internet freedom.This is something the owners of capital have to achieve if they are to hang on their ill-
    gotten gains,they must control the narrative and the internet is denying them the means to continue doing this.

  3. Roland Laycock

    The west (US) want a war and we back the US it would get rid a large amount of the population very nice more moey for big business, the US would make money out of it as they did in the last war and are doing supplying terrorists with all there nice new Toyota pickups , it would be in Europe so thats OK for the US would not get to damaged.

  4. James Kemp

    Mike i suggest you ask ay computer professional how many scans they have a day from IP addresses based in Russia. The hacking or emails around the American presidential race and amount of data being dumped via sites like Wikileaks.

    We may not be at war but there is seamily a concerted effort to gain access to UK computer networks. I help support a network of private hospitals that so called stars and other important people use. The amount of attacks I have noticed in the last few years has exploded and is a constant game of cat and mouse!

  5. NMac

    The West also does a great deal of spying in Russia, one name that comes immediately to mind from the late 1950s is Greville Wynne.

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