A MANDARIN at the Home Office who made his name fighting terrorism is being lined up as the next head of MI6, the secret intelligence service, senior Whitehall officials have disclosed.
Charles Farr, a 49-year-old spymaster who has overhauled the Home Office’s handling of the war on terror, is widely tipped to become “C” - the chief of MI6 - next July, succeeding Sir John Scarlett.
Farr, described as a smooth government operator, would be the first head of MI6 to have established his credentials in the post-9/11 security world rather than the cold war.
Scarlett, 60, former head of the service’s Moscow station, made his name as an expert in Soviet intelligence.
THIS MOVE PROVES THAT THE GWOT IS JOB ONE , AND PUTIN JOB TWO; (THOUGH I SUSPECT THEY ARE DEEPLY CONNECTED - AND BY MORE THAN RUSSIAN AID TO IRAN AND SYRIA...)
[ASIDE: REMEMBER: IN GREAT BRITAIN (AND MOST OF EUROPE) THERE'S NO BILL OF RIGHTS AND AS A RESULT THE GOV'T/MI6 CAN EAVESDROP ON SUBJECTS MUCH MORE EASILY THAN WE CAN HERE. THIS IS SOMETHING OUR ANTI-AMERICAN LEFT IGNORES; THEY TEND TO PAINT BUSH'S USA AS HITLERVILLE AND EUROPE AS UTOPIANA.]