posted on Apr, 15 2009 @ 01:37 PM
HMMM ok maybe the MI6 is more like the NSA...
In the run up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, MI6 conducted Operation Mass Appeal which was a campaign to plant stories about Iraq's WMDs in the
media. The operation was exposed in the Sunday Times in December 2003. Claims by former weapons inspector Scott Ritter suggest that similar propaganda
campaigns against Iraq date back well into the 1990s. Ritter claims that MI6 recruited him in 1997 to help with the propaganda effort. "The aim was
to convince the public that Iraq was a far greater threat than it actually was" - Scott Ritter, Sunday Times, December 28, 2003.
On 6 May 2004 it was announced that Sir Richard Dearlove was to be replaced as head of the SIS by John Scarlett, former chairman of the Joint
Intelligence Committee. Scarlett is an unusually high-profile appointment to the job, and gave evidence at the Hutton Inquiry.
On 15 November 2006, MI6 allowed an interview with current operations officers for the first time. The interview was on the Colin Murray show on BBC
Radio 1. The two officers (one male and one female) had their voices disguised for security reasons. The officers compared their real experience with
the fictional portrayal of MI6 in the James Bond films. While denying that there ever existed a "licence to kill" and reiterating that MI6 operated
under British law, the officers confirmed that there is a 'Q'-like figure who is head of the technology department, and that their director is
referred to as 'C'. The officers described the lifestyle as quite glamorous and very varied, with plenty of overseas travel and adventure, and
described their role primarily as intelligence gatherers, developing relationships with potential sources. The interview is seen largely as a public
relations and employment tactic, following the placement of advertising for applicants on the agency's website for the first time in April 2006.