Keen birdwatcher who led UK rsponse to 7/7 terror attacks takes over as director general of MI5 Andrew Parker will replace Sir Jonathan Evans on April 22Mr Parker led the agency's response to the July 7 attacks in 2005He said: 'I look forward to leading the service through its next chapter' By James Rush PUBLISHED: 18:12 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:29 GMT, 28 March 2013 Andrew Parker has today been unveiled as the new director general of MI5 The new director general of MI5 was today unveiled as the intelligence agency’s current deputy Andrew Parker. Mr Parker, who has been with the security service since the early 1980s, will replace Sir Jonathan Evans on April 22. Mr Parker, who led the agency’s response to the July 7 attacks on London in 2005 as director of international terrorism, said: 'It’s a great honour to be appointed director general of MI5.
Archived files show Soviet Union used civil airliners to conduct secret Cold War spying missions over Britain Aircraft would veer off their approved flight paths to carry out missionsDefence Secretary said RAF was monitoring monthly flights through UK | UPDATED: 09:13 GMT, 28 December 2012 Defence Secretary John Nott in 1982, who informed prime minister Margaret Thatcher in December 1981 that the RAF was monitoring the hundreds of monthly flights through UK airspace by Warsaw Pact airliners The Soviet Union used civil airliners to conduct secret Cold War spying missions over Britain, according to newly published Government files. Some aircraft would switch off their transponders, alerting air traffic controllers to their position before veering off their approved flight paths to carry out aerial intelligence-gathering missions over sensitive targets, papers released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule show.