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12 Dec, 2013

UK Spy Chief will not answer to MPs on Snowden claims | theguardian.com

The request for the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, to appear before a powerful Commons committee next week to justify his claim that the Guardian has put national security at risk in publishing the Snowden files has been rejected.

The home secretary, Theresa May, told the home affairs committee chairman, Keith Vaz, that she had rejected the request for the spy chief to give evidence because his appearance would “duplicate” the existing oversight provided by the prime ministerially appointed intelligence and security committee.

A similar request for Kim Darroch, the national security adviser, to give evidence to the committee’s inquiry into counter-terrorism was also rejected in a letter from David Cameron. He said “it was not a good idea” because Darroch’s role focused on providing private advice to him and the national security council and his appearance would “set a difficult precedent”.

Read the rest: MI5 chief Andrew Parker will not face MPs on Snowden claims | UK news | theguardian.com.