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Former British diplomat and MI6 agent accused of being China ‘spy’

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 20 September 2020 3:25 PM

A former Secret intelligence Service (SIS – better known as MI6) agent who posed as a businessman has been accused of passing highly damaging information to Chinese intelligence.

Fraser Cameron, who is the director of the EU-Asia Center think tank, is suspected of passing “sensitive” information about the European Union to two Brussels-based Chinese journalists who are alleged to be spies.

Cameron, 73, is widely reported to have worked for MI6 between 1976 and 1991. He is also a former diplomat with 14 years of experience working at the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU.

Cameron, who is being jointly investigated by the British security service (MI5) and the Belgian state security service, has branded the allegations as “ridiculous” in an interview with the Times (September 18).

In a separate interview with the American news outlet Politico (September 18), Cameron dismissed the allegations as “without foundation” but admitted that some of his Chinese “contacts” may have a “double function”.

As neither the UK nor Belgium has clear-cut espionage laws, there is every possibility that Cameron could escape prosecution.

The UK is currently in the midst of updating its outdated national security laws whose origins lie in the Official Secrets Act of 1911.

To that end, the ruling Tory party is reportedly seeking to institute a new Treason Act, in addition to a new Espionage Act for tracking suspected foreign agents on British soil.

At an operational level, MI5 (which is the UK’s leading counter-intelligence body) established the Joint Threats Assessment Team (JSTAT) in June 2017 to streamline operations targeted at “hostile activities” attributed to foreign powers.

The JSTAT is closely modeled on the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center (JTAC – established 2003) which as its name suggests is responsible for monitoring the terrorism thereat to the UK.

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