The New Head Of MI6 Will Be Diplomat Richard Moore
Senior British diplomat Richard Moore will become the new head of the United Kingdom's foreign intelligence service MI-6, replacing Alex Younger, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom.
"I am pleased to appoint Richard as the next head of the Secret intelligence service. He will return there, armed with a wealth of experience, and will manage the work of men and women whose efforts are rarely seen by the public, but are vital to the security and prosperity of the United Kingdom," said British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who also expressed gratitude to Younger, who has been head of MI - 6 since 2014 and will leave in the fall of 2020.
As noted in the statement of the foreign office, Moore previously served as the Director of one of the divisions of MI-6, and in 2018 for a short time was Deputy adviser to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on national security. In 2014-2017, Moore was the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Turkey, and in 2018 became the Political Director of the British Foreign Office.
Earlier, the Times wrote that the intelligence service may be headed by a woman for the first time. The post of head of MI6, code-named "C," was intended for Karen Pearce, who until March 2020 served as the permanent representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, but then was appointed the new Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States. In addition to Pearce and Moore, former head of the Interior Ministry's security service Tom Hurd and Deputy national security adviser Madeleine Alessandri were also named as Younger's successors.