MPs have accused Bletchley Park, the wartime predecessor of GCHQ, of trying to airbrush history after it said it would ignore the whistleblower Edward Snowden‘s revelations about mass surveillance by the security services in its museum’s new gallery on cyber security.
OK, it could be argued that it is too soon; that the “history” of this whole exposure and aftermath shouldn’t be written up until we have some perspective of time, etc. However, a bit later in the article we have this:
Last month David Anderson, the independent QC overseeing counter-terrorism, was asked why Britain’s reaction to Snowden’s leaks had been so muted. “We are very proud of our intelligence services,” he told the home affairs committee. “If you wanted my top two reasons, I would say Bletchley Park and 007…”
“…We have not had the sort of bad experience that they had in parts of Germany or in eastern Europe with intelligence services and, for that reason, I think people are disinclined to believe that those who have those responsibilities are misusing them.”
People trust us. Because, y’know, James Bond and WWII.