Richard Moore stated that Britain has taken “measures” to withstand the threat from Beijing.
The head of the British intelligence agency warned on Tuesday that China’s “debt trap and data trap” posed a threat to data sovereignty.
Richard Moore, the head of MI6, a British foreign intelligence agency, said on BBC Radio 4’s Today program that Beijing “is trying to use its influence through its economic policies to try, and sometimes, I think, to get people into trouble.”
Regarding data, Moore added, “If you allow another country to obtain really critical data about your society, over time, this will erode your sovereignty and you will no longer be able to control these data.” He said , Britain has taken “measures” to resist this danger.
These warnings were made before Moore’s first major speech as head of MI6. Moore will address the audience, stating that digital threats to modern democracy are “exponentially growing” and it is crucial for him to fix them.
Moore acknowledged that intelligence agencies failed to accurately evaluate the speed at which Taliban seized Kabul during the chaotic withdrawal of Allied Western troops in Afghanistan in August. He refused to refer to it as an “intelligence failure”.
Moore expressed concern that the Taliban’s invasion of Afghanistan would “boost extremists around world, in particular for those who are sitting in the capitals Beijing, Tehran, and Moscow.”
Moore stated that Russia is a serious threat and that it requires “very careful observation” of the situation at the Ukrainian border.