John Sawers, MI6 Chief: We Don't Torture

10/28/2010 03:28 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Staff and Agencies The Guardian

The head of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, has insisted it has "nothing whatsoever" to do with torture but warned that it had to work with agencies from other countries which were not always "friendly democracies".

In the first public speech by a serving MI6 chief, Sir John Sawers warned that innocent lives could be lost if his service did not pass on intelligence drawn from suspects who might have been treated badly.

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