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.The head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, has described torture as "illegal and abhorrent" and defended the service's need for secrecy..He said his organisation faced "real, constant operational dilemmas" to avoid using intelligence which had been gathered by torture..He also said secrecy was "not a dirty word" and played "a crucial part in keeping Britain safe and secure"..He is the first serving MI6 chief to make a public speech in its 100 years..Known in Whitehall as C, the 55-year-old was speaking at a meeting of the Society of Editors in London..Picture:  Universal News And Sport (Europe)  27 October  2010 All pictures must be credited to www.universalnewsandsport.com. (0ffice) 0844 884 51 22  .
.The head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, has described torture as "illegal and abhorrent" and defended the service's need for secrecy..He said his organisation faced "real, constant operational dilemmas" to avoid using intelligence which had been gathered by torture..He also said secrecy was "not a dirty word" and played "a crucial part in keeping Britain safe and secure"..He is the first serving MI6 chief to make a public speech in its 100 years..Known in...
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