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MI6: We acquire secrets others don't want us to know

Asked why intelligence agencies did not foresee the end of the Cold War, 9/11 or the Arab Spring, Sir John Sawers said: "We are not crystal ball gazers, we are intelligence agencies."

"We acquire the secrets that other countries do not want us to know. We are not all-knowing specialists in what is going to happen next month or next year."

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