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R Moore appointed as new head of UK secret service

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Richard Moore will take over as head of MI6 in the fall.

Richard Moore, a career intelligence officer and former diplomat, is to take over as head of MI6, the U.K’s Secret Intelligence Service.

He will replace Alex Younger, who has been in the role since 2014. Younger will step down in the fall.

“I am pleased and honored to be asked to return to lead my Service,” Moore said. “SIS plays a vital role — with MI5 and GCHQ — in keeping the British people safe and promoting U.K. interests overseas.”

After initially joining MI6 in 1987, Moore later served as the U.K. ambassador to Turkey and deputy national security adviser, before joining the Foreign Office as a political director. He was born in Libya and speaks fluent Turkish.

Moore was appointed by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who said he returns to MI6 with “tremendous” experience.

“[Moore] will oversee the work of a group of men and women whose tireless efforts are rarely seen in public, but which are critical for the security and prosperity of the U.K.”

Referred to as “C,” the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service is responsible for leading efforts to gather intelligence overseas. Though these activities are highly secret, MI6’s website lists its aims as “stopping terrorism, disrupting the activity of hostile states, and giving the U.K. a cyber advantage.”


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