M15 chief bashes claims of torture cover-up, admits to slow detection of mistreatment

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The head of MI5 Friday defended his organization’s work amid an escalating row over claims it tried to cover up its involvement in torture.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, MI5 director-general Jonathan Evans hit out at the allegation from one of the country’s most senior judges that the agency had a “culture of suppression.”

In rare public comments, he said the accusation — which came in a draft court ruling relating to the case of a Guantanamo Bay inmate — was the “precise opposite of the truth.”

He admitted that British intelligence was “slow to detect” US mistreatment of detainees after the September 11 attacks in the United States.

Full story: Spy chief slams torture cover-up claims: report – Yahoo! News via AFP