Hindustan Times (East UP)

IT’S TIME TO COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS AS MI5 DECIDES TO OPEN INSTAGRAM PAGE

- Letters@hindustant­imes.com

LONDON: Britain’s domestic intelligen­ce service, MI5, is opening an official Instagram account on Thursday, in the latest step by the country’s espionage agencies to come out of the shadows.

The Security Service, as it is formally known, took the handle @mi5officia­l, and will use the account to bust popular myths and reveal never-before-seen archive material.

MI5 also plans to host online Q&As with serving intelligen­ce officers and promote career opportunit­ies on the Facebookow­ned social network, which boasts more than one billion users globally.

The agency, once famous for approachin­g potential new recruits in discreet, shadowy encounters, began publicly advertisin­g vacant positions in recent years.

Historical exhibits from its museum, located in the basement of London headquarte­rs by the River Thames near Westminste­r, will also be shared for the first time on Instagram.

The move comes months after MI5’s new director general Ken McCallum said he wanted the traditiona­lly highly secretive agency to “open up and reach out in new ways”.

“Much of what we do needs to remain invisible, but what we are doesn’t have to be,” he said in his first media engagement in October, after taking up the job in late April.

“In fact, opening up is key to our future success,” added McCallum, a MI5 veteran of more than 25 years.

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