Britain’s spies are still sharing intelligence obtained under torture in breach of their official guidance, the UK Labour Party has revealed in a letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, and the shadow attorney-general, Shami Chakrabarti, wrote the letter this week, raising concern over figures buried deep in the latest annual report put out by the Intelligence Services Commissioner (ISC).
The ISC oversees intelligence sharing practices by the MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. The intelligence obtained abroad is used as dictated by an official document called the Consolidated Guidance on the Detention and Interviewing of Detainees Overseas, or simply the guidance.
The hitherto unpublicized data by the ISC showed that, in 2016 alone, the three agencies and the UK Ministry of Defense felt a need to consider the guidance in 921 cases. That’s more than double the number the previous year.