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The Scripal's poisoning as a demonstration of the crisis in British intelligence

25.06.2018 13:20

Andrew Beyzer

In late May, the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Alex Younger announced his intention to abolish the recruitment rule that had been in effect for the past 100 years. According to which only those applicants whose parents were born in Britain could enter the service at MI6.

This decision of the British authorities was due to the need to increase the number of employees from 800 to 3.4 thousand people by 2021. The British leadership is confident that such a number of scouts will be necessary to promptly respond to emerging threats. Thus, children of migrants can also work in MI6.

"I want to dispel the myth that potential candidates are somewhat limited. We are determined to have the widest choice among the best gifted people in the country. I would like to ask those who have never thought about working in MI-6, to think about it," Yanger said.

However, the question arises: what are the forthcoming threats British intelligence is going to respond to, because of which it was required to change the whole system of recruitment? And where is the "The Skripals Case"?

By chance, the reform in MI6 began after the scandal with the March poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skrypal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury. This incident has become a kind of "trigger" for all law enforcement agencies of Great Britain. Henceforth, the head of each of the special services and the British Ministry of Defense under the pretext of the need to strengthen security and to reflect the "Russian threat" proposes to increase the budgets of their subordinate organizations. And Alex Younger is no exception.

It is clear that the personnel reforms and the forthcoming increase in the staff of MI-6 will require the investment of a considerable amount of funds from the British budget. This is evidenced by such a "mass character", because for "prompt response to emerging threats" it is necessary not to artificially inflate the staff, but to attract and train unique specialists, in other words, anindividual component of the process of recruiting the necessary specialists.

At the same time, Alex Younger's initiative demonstrates signs of a crisis in the British foreign intelligence system. The MI6 leadership undertook reforms not only because of a shortage of personnel, but also because the current cadres do not demonstrate the proper level of training.

Thus, the upcoming innovations will be just another attempt to save the once-effective structure from degradation. To do this, the political leadership of the United Kingdom and the heads of its special services needed to revive the image of the "insidious Russia", which must be resisted on all fronts, regardless of material expenses and the expediency of the actions being committed. Unfortunately, we have to state that the world will certainly witness provocations like "The Skripals Case" for otherwise the British special services can not demand money from taxpayers.