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The British Government Does Not Share Secret Information With Parliament

The British Government Does Not Share Secret Information With Parliament

The British government does not share classified information with the parliamentary Committee on intelligence and security services, The Guardian newspaper writes, citing a former senior British government official.

"The Committee is not informed of classified intelligence data, and although it is given some insight, it does not receive any source material and definitely (gets information) not in a real opinion mode," the former senior official said.

He noted that critical intelligence is transmitted to a limited number of individuals - the Prime Minister, senior Ministers, and officials. The Committee does not have access to them, even retroactively.

According to the source, the 50-page report on alleged Russian interference submitted by the Committee was the result of "some level of ignorance."

The newspaper source added that it aims to "destroy the reputation" of MI5, MI6 and the Government Communications Centre (GCHQ).

The Intelligence Committee of the UK Parliament yesterday released a report on the role of Russian influence on the country, the publication of which was delayed by London for more than six months. In particular, it said that Britain is one of the main targets for Russian intelligence and disinformation. The authors of the report called on the British leadership to give more tools to the security services to adequately counter the threat that they see in the activities of Russia.