276 British Spies
The website Cryptome has a list of 276 MI6 agents:
This combines three lists of MI6 officers published here on 13 May 1999 (116 names), 21 August 2005 (74 names), and 27 August 2005 (121 names).
While none of the 311 names appeared on all three lists...35 names appeared on two lists, leaving 276 unique names.
According to Silicon.com:
It is not the first time this kind of information has been published on the internet and Foreign Office policy is to neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of such lists. But a spokesman slammed its publication for potentially putting lives in danger.
On the other hand:
The website is run by John Young, who "welcomes" secret documents for publication and recently said there was a "need to name as many intelligence officers and agents as possible".
He said: "It is disinformation that naming them places their life in jeopardy. Not identifying them places far more lives in jeopardy from their vile secret operations and plots."
Posted on August 31, 2005 at 2:28 PM • 64 Comments