Snowden Leaks, Publication of Secrets Caused “Enormous Damage” and Handed Terrorists the “Gift” to Attack

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Intelligence:  The leaks of thousands of GCHQ files by CIA spy Edward Snowden have caused “enormous damage” and handed terrorists the “gift” to attack the UK  “at will”, a  “guidebook for terrorists” — the new head of MI5 has warned.

Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5
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Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5 Photo: MI5/PA
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Tom Whitehead

By Tom Whitehead, Security Editor

Andrew Parker, the director general of the Security Service, said the exposing   of intelligence techniques, by the Guardian newspaper, had given fanatics   the ability to evade the spy agencies.

It comes at a time when the UK is facing its gravest terror threat, including   from “several thousand” Islamist extremists who are living here and want to   attack the country, Mr Parker said.

He used his first public outing since taking over at MI5 to launch a scathing   attack on the Snowden leaks.

It is feared around Whitehall that the revelations have resulted in a    “guidebook for terrorists” while…

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