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Oct 28, 2010

UK spy chief Sawers no stranger to spotlight

LONDON (Reuters) – British spy chief John Sawers learned to handle the media with aplomb in a previous career as a top diplomat, a strength that could prove critical as his service emerges further into the public glare.

Like many Western counterparts, the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) he leads is wrestling with demands for greater transparency from the courts, media, politicians and society in a challenge few of his publicity-shy predecessors ever faced.

Oct 28, 2010

MI6 boss makes first public speech

LONDON (Reuters) – Top spy John Sawers makes the first public speech by a serving espionage chief on Thursday, a step towards greater openness for an intelligence service that for most of the 20th century did not officially exist.

Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) chief Sawers will speak at a live televised gathering of academics, officials and editors invited by the Society of Editors, a grouping of senior journalists from newspapers and electronic and online media.

Oct 28, 2010

Britain’s spy boss makes first public speech

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top spy makes the first public speech by a serving UK espionage chief on Thursday, a step toward greater openness for an intelligence service that for most of the 20th century did not officially exist.

Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) chief John Sawers will speak at a live televised gathering of academics, officials and editors invited by the Society of Editors, a grouping of senior journalists from newspapers and electronic and online media.

Oct 14, 2010

Pakistan militant variety tests West security-US

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The sheer variety of foreign
nationalities involved in Pakistan’s “melting pot” of radicals
is complicating the job of countering a plot that triggered a
U.S. travel alert for Europe, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

U.S. State Department Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism
Daniel Benjamin added in a briefing for reporters that another
challenge to coordinating a response to what he called a threat
“of great concern” was a growing tendency of Pakistan armed
groups to act jointly.

Oct 5, 2010

Analysis: Europe, U.S. juggle divergent tolerance of risk

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. terror warning in Europe at first raised eyebrows in a region where nations like to allow identified plots to run on to garner evidence usable in court.

But analysts say America’s more stoical European allies, mindful of their junior status in the transatlantic intelligence partnership, have decided to put the warning down to their ally’s lower tolerance of terrorism risk.

Oct 5, 2010

Europe, U.S. juggle divergent tolerance of risk

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. terror warning in Europe at first raised eyebrows in a region where nations like to allow identified plots to run on to garner evidence usable in court.

But analysts say America’s more stoical European allies, mindful of their junior status in the trans-Atlantic intelligence partnership, have decided to put the warning down to their ally’s lower tolerance of terrorism risk.

Oct 4, 2010

Analysis: Terrorism alerts reflect evolving threat

LONDON (Reuters) -U.S. and British alerts about possible attacks in Europe highlight concern that growing numbers of militants are going from the West to remote war zones for training in answer to al Qaeda’s online call for violence.

The immediate trigger for Sunday’s travel alerts was intelligence about a plot against European targets reportedly originating with a group of individuals in mountainous northern Pakistan, some of them believed to be European citizens.

Oct 4, 2010

European firms vigilant but call U.S. alert vague

LONDON (Reuters) – European security advisers will find it hard to recommend specific measures to businesses beyond heightened vigilance in response to a U.S. terrorism alert, because the warning lacks precision, experts said on Monday.

The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued an alert warning American citizens to exercise caution while in Europe. Britain raised the terrorism threat level to “high” from “general” for its citizens traveling to Germany and France.

Oct 4, 2010

Terrorism alerts reflect evolving militant threat

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. and British alerts about possible attacks in Europe highlight concern that growing numbers of militants are going from the West to remote war zones for training in answer to al Qaeda’s online call for violence.

The immediate trigger for Sunday’s travel alerts was intelligence about a plot against European targets reportedly originating with a group of individuals in mountainous northern Pakistan, some of them believed to be European citizens.

Oct 3, 2010

Analysis: Terrorism alerts reflect evolving militant threat

LONDON (Reuters) -U.S. and British alerts about possible attacks in Europe highlight concern that growing numbers of militants are going from the West to remote war zones for training in answer to al Qaeda’s online call for violence.

The immediate trigger for Sunday’s travel alerts was intelligence about a plot against European targets reportedly originating with a group of individuals in mountainous northern Pakistan, some of them believed to be European citizens.