- GCHQ's Sir Iain Lobban, MI5's Andrew Parker and MI6's Sir John Sawers were quizzed by the Intelligence and Security Committee
- Sir Iain said GCHQ did not spend its time listening to the phone calls or monitoring the emails "of the majority"
- Al-Qaeda was "lapping up" the security leaks given to the media by Edward Snowden, MI5's Andrew Parker said
- The committee heard 34 terrorist plots had been foiled since the London bombings of July 2005 and the threat from overseas was growing
- Espionage against the UK was happening on an "industrial scale", calling for a cross-government response, it was stated
- The chiefs said their organisations were subject to a high level of ministerial scrutiny and operated within the law
- Gerry Holt
- Justin Parkinson
- Bernadette McCague
Last updated 7 November 2013Share
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