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UK intelligence agencies 'requested CIA report redaction'

The UK did request that parts of the Senate report into the CIA be redacted. Elements which referred to British intelligence agencies were deleted, Downing Street has confirmed the Guardian reports.

Number 10 had previously said that they only deleted items were due to national security concerns.

The U-turn will fuel speculation over how much the part US allies played in some aspects has been sanitised.

Spies allowed to break speed limit under law change

Spies are to be given a "licence to speed" for the first time, under changes to motoring laws.

Officers in MI5 and MI6 currently have to abide by the rules of the road even when national security is under threat.

But transport minister Robert Goodwill is to hand them the same exemptions as police, fire and ambulance drivers.

James Bond may not always obey the rules of the road, but spies have to. Credit: Hubert Boesl/DPA

They will be able to break the speed limit once they have completed a training course in high-speed driving.

Vehicles used to carry organs for transplant, bomb disposal units, and mountain rescue teams are also set to be added to the list.

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Spy chief: Working at MI6 'not like James Bond'

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall. Credit: United Artists Corporation handout

Working at MI6 is not like James Bond, one of the security chiefs told MPs that operatives are given far more supervision.

"The idea of sending an agent off into the field like James Bond, then he comes back two months later and reports... that doesn't work that way," Sir John Sawers, chief of MI6, said. "Our people in the field will have constant communication with us."

Rifkind: Spy chiefs glad to explain their work

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said that security chiefs speaking to MPs in public today was "an historic occasion" that will be repeated.

The Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee added that he believed those involved were glad of the chance to speak publicly.

He said: "Many of them have been upset at the accusations that they have been doing something improper or doing something unreasonable to their fellow citizens.

"I suspect they were pleased to have the opportunity in public to speak about the work their own staff do and how important it is to the national interest."

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