Top UK spy: Russian propaganda real, dangerous

The famed horse statue that sits a few feet from Red Square

The famed horse statue that sits a few feet from Red Square

The Financial Times has the story.

Although he did not name Russia, references in a rare public speech by Alex Younger, head of MI6, left little doubt that he was referring to recent activities that many western spy agencies attribute to the Kremlin.

“The risks are profound . . . they should be a concern to all those who share democratic values,” said Mr Younger.

His warning comes after a deeply divisive US election campaign, in which federal authorities said Russian intelligence sought to influence voters by discrediting Hillary Clinton.

Moscow’s boldness in the presidential vote — which exceeded any of the KGB’s cold war “active measures” campaigns — has caught even hawkish western intelligence agencies off-guard.

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