Spy boss ‘per­plexed’

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NATIONAL -

THE head of MI6 has said he was “per­plexed” by the jail­ing of a Bri­tish aca­demic for spy­ing in the United Arab Emi­rates.

Matthew Hedges was freed last week af­ter a high-pro­file battle with the Gulf state ally, but of­fi­cials per­sisted in calling him an MI6 spy – a claim de­nied by fam­ily and col­leagues.

Dur­ing a rare pub­lic speech, MI6 boss Alex Younger said: “I gen­uinely don’t un­der­stand how our Emi­rate part­ners came to those con­clu­sions.”

Alex Younger, chief of MI6

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