You would think that the UK’s top spook would be a little careful about his outfit’s reputation which has suffered from disclosures that proved that it was a lapdog for mass surveillance for the Yanks.
However, it appears that Robert Hannigan, director of GCHQ Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) did not get that memo. He has slammed US technology companies for daring to improve the security of their products claiming that since such moves stopped him snooping they must be good for the terrorists.
"However much they may dislike it, they have become the command and control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals, who find their services as transformational as the rest of us,", Hannigan told the Financial Times.
He claimed that Google and Apple were "in denial" if they thought the decision to turn on full-device encryption by default would not help terrorists plan future attacks. British intelligence agencies cannot spy on terrorists without greater support from the largest US tech companies which dominate the web.
So in otherwords, if you are not helping British spooks illegally look at the browser caches of people who have nothing to do with terror networks, there is something wrong with you. The GCHQ boss said that internet users welcomed a little surveillance and would be comfortable with a better and more sustainable relationship between the intelligence agencies and the tech companies.
So we have another spook who is deluded enough to think that people really want to be spied on.