23rd May 2008
Committee Demands Answers Over MI5 Agent
The Home Affairs Select Committee has written to the Home Secretary demanding answers about the vetting process of security service agents which allowed a man married to a prostitute to work for MI5.
The agent whose wife was filmed in an orgy with Max Mosely, the President of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile, has since been forced to resign.
The Committee is concerned that the integrity of the agent was compromised by his wife’s actions and has asked the Home Secretary for reassurance that the vetting process has been toughened up to ensure that damaging and potentially dangerous situations such as this never happen again.
Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee said:
“Quite clearly this situation should never have been allowed to arise. Security Service agents are involved in delicate and sometimes highly dangerous work; they need to be in a personal situation where they can operate without having their integrity compromised.”
“The public deserves to know that the people that they trust to protect them are thoroughly vetted and able to do their job properly. I hope that the Home Secretary is able to demonstrate to the committee that MI5 has improved the way it vets its staff.”