British spies foiled Libya plot
17 November 2011, 08:30
London - British intelligence agencies have helped disrupt a plan to
kill Western representatives in Libya and attack the country's interim
leaders, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday.
rare speech on Britain's secret intelligence efforts, Hague also
confirmed for the first time that agents from the MI6 foreign
intelligence agency have died in recent years protecting the country.
admitted that Britain's role in Nato-led intervention in Libya to
protect civilians from late former strongman Muammar Gaddafi was "backed
by effective intelligence" which "saved lives".
"For example the
Gaddafi regime tried to attack the National Transitional Council in
Benghazi, and to kill some of the Western representatives in Libya,"
Hague said in the speech.
"The agencies obtained firm intelligence, were able to warn the NTC of the threat and the attacks were prevented."
had also disrupted a plot by extremists who travelled abroad for
"terrorist training," Hague said, without specifying the country
Speaking to an audience that included the heads of MI6
and the head of the domestic intelligence agency MI5, Hague paid tribute
to those who served in Britain's secret services.
and sources risk their lives - some lose their lives - to give us the
vital information to keep us safe. We have a duty to protect them," he