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Foreign Secretary responds to Intelligence and Security Committee statement on GCHQ

Last Updated: 17 Jul 2013
Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomes Intelligence and Security Committee findings that allegations against GCHQ are unfounded.

Statement - 17 Jul 2013

Commenting on the statement by the Intelligence and Security Committee on GCHQ’s alleged interception of communications under the US PRISM Programme’, the Foreign Secretary responded by stating that:

  • The Intelligence and Security Committee has today cleared GCHQ of the allegations of illegal activity made against it.
  • The Committee has concluded that these allegations are “unfounded”. I welcome these findings.
  • I see daily evidence of the integrity and high standards of the men and women of GCHQ. The ISC’s findings are further testament to their professionalism and values.

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