British spy agencies looking for Russian-speaking spooks

‘British spy agencies looking for Russian-speaking spooks’

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A new report shows British spy agencies seek to recruit agents with fluency in Russian.

In an online advertisement, the MI5, MI6 and GCHQ have put up posts for applicants fluent in Russian to translate documents “intercepted under warrant,” which will be used “to make the right choices to help safeguard national security.”

The job, which will pay a salary of £30,000 a year, will cover “terrorism,” “espionage” and “potential threats” to Britain’s security, with the possibility of postings abroad, RT reported Monday.

The role will also involve liaising with teams of investigators in London, operatives working overseas and influencing the government’s policy on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and alleged aggression from Moscow.

Britain’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled in early February that the UK’s spying agency, GCHQ has violated the rights to privacy and freedom of expression by receiving information from its US equivalent, the NSA.

The IPT also ruled that mass surveillance of the Internet by GCHQ was unlawful for seven years ranging from 2007 until the end of 2014.

Meanwhile, the British Secret Service, the MI5, was accused last week of covering up cases of sexual abuse of children at a notorious boys’ home in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

The high court in Belfast in Northern Ireland is set to hear the allegations against the MI5 on Tuesday, making it the first sex abuse case purportedly linked directly to the British state.

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