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Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs visits GCHQ

Last Updated: 04 Oct 2016
Director GCHQ welcomes the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP on his first visit to GCHQ.

News article - 04 Oct 2016

It was with great pleasure that Director GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, welcomed the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, on his first visit to GCHQ, the intelligence and security agency in Cheltenham.

The Foreign Secretary holds ministerial responsibility for GCHQ and was keen to make his first visit to the site following his appointment in the summer.

His visit began with a tour of our GCHQ museum, where he was able to see one of the first Enigma machines, the Zimmermann telegram and a list of early recruits that included Alan Turing, Max Newman, and Gordon Welchman.  As Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs he then received a series of intelligence briefings, before finishing by addressing staff.

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson praised GCHQ for continuing as the heirs of the great Bletchley Park effort.  He said:

"There are new frontiers in warfare today and you are on the frontline.  I have been educated, inspired, but reassured by the incredible work you are doing.  You can count on my unswerving support for what you do. Thank you very much for having me."

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The Foreign Secretary addresses GCHQ staff.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses GCHQ staff. ©GCHQ 2016

 

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The Foreign Secretary addresses GCHQ staff
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses GCHQ staff. ©GCHQ 2016

 

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The Foreign Secretary and Director GCHQ Robert Hannigan stand in front of the GCHQ Crest
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Director GCHQ Robert Hannigan. ©GCHQ 2016