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Iran Press TV

Notorious UK spymaster to step down

Iran Press TV

Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:26PM GMT

The head of Britain's MI6 spymaster John Sawers is to step down in November after five years in the job.

A government source made the announcement on Thursday that John Sawers is to relinquish his post as chief of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service.

Sawers is believed to have wanted to resign from his sensitive post before next year's national election.

The 58-year-old made headlines as he complained about documents leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden to a parliamentary committee in 2013.

Sawers was formerly Britain's ambassador to the United Nations and a foreign policy adviser to former prime minister Tony Blair.

His yet to be named successor has to be approved by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Sawers is to step down around the same time as Iain Lobban, head of UK electronic spy agency GCHQ, leaves his post.

Classified documents leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden in June last year revealed the GCHQ was secretly accessing the network of cables that carry the world's phone calls and Internet traffic and had been sharing the data with the US National Security Agency (NSA).

In October 2013, civil liberties campaigners launched legal action against the GCHQ over the alleged violation of the privacy of millions of people across the UK and Europe via online surveillance.

John Sawers has been a staunch supporter of waging a war against Iran. A report by The Telegraph shed light on his grim role in launching covert operations in cahoots with Mossad and the CIA inside Iran which terminated in the assassinations of multiple Iranian scientists.

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