Former MI5 agent and journalist John Rowntree is to launch a new book about the role of informants and the dangers they pose in today’s global intelligence environment.
In The Informer 2020: The New Age of the Informant, Rowntrie, a former director of counter-terrorism at MI5, will present his view of the new era of information security and security threats from the perspective of a whistleblower.
“The people who are the most likely to be killed are those who have been compromised,” he will say.
There are lots of cases where the government has not acted to stop it.” “
It is a growing problem.
There are lots of cases where the government has not acted to stop it.”
The person is an informant. “
But that’s wrong.
The person is an informant.
It is their responsibility to report anything to the police, and they have a duty to do so.”
In the interview, he will also argue that people who have information to share about the security of their businesses, institutions or communities should not be afraid to share it with the authorities.
“There is an element of responsibility that comes with sharing information, and I’m not a lawyer, but that responsibility does not stop when you’ve handed in the information,” he said.
“They should not fear to speak out.”
‘Not just a friend’ ‘John Rowntrebs work as an informer in the 1980s and 1990s has taught him how to protect information, protect identities and to maintain trust.
He has worked on the US Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterterrorism and Homeland Security team, which investigated and prosecuted many of the most serious terrorist plots.
“I’ve been to places like Somalia, where people who were informers were killed,” he says.
“So that was a huge lesson.”
Rowntrees book, which he has been writing about since the 1980, comes as the UK government is investigating allegations that a number of top officials may have been paid to mislead parliament and the public over the extent of the UK’s secret intelligence services.
The Guardian understands that there are allegations of a breach of the ministerial code of conduct and an attempted cover-up.
The investigation was launched after MPs exposed a £10,000 payment to a senior counter-terror adviser in the 1990s.
In a statement on Monday, the Ministry of Defence said: “[The investigation] has not found evidence that anyone in the MoD knew of the payments or failed to report them to the MoS.”
“The Government is committed to doing all it can to protect the security and the information of the British people,” the statement continued.
The MoD said that the investigation was being conducted by a team of internal security experts, but declined to comment further on the allegations.
Rowntries book will be published by Penguin on February 12.