The new head of MI6, John Scarlett, came to the public's attention during the Hutton Inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly, and seemed to exonerate the Prime Minister from blame over the ludicrous hype surrounding the Iraq Intelligence Dossier affair.
The Hutton Inquiry evidence published John Scarlett's then email addresses
"Scarlett John - ISS - [mailto:email@example.com]", and Scarlett John - ISS - john firstname.lastname@example.org .uk.
Other email addresses were wholly or partially censored e.g. by blotting out the ".x.gsi.gov .uk" part of the address
GSI the Government Secure Intranet is allowed to handle Protectively Marked documents up to the low level of "Restricted". X.GSI is a subset of this which is equipped to handle Protectively Marked documents up to the medium level of "Secret". No Protectively Marked material should be sent through the Internet email gateways without extra CESG approved encryption.
Interestingly the people whose email addresses were revealed e.g. Alastair Campell, have now left jobs which they were doing at the time of the Hutton Inquiry - did the censors know or guess ahead of time ?
MI6 the Secret Intelligence Service (which supposedly concentrates on foreign intelligence gathering) does not have a public website or email address, which rather puts it behind the new MI5 Security Service website. This explains the role of MI5 and dispells a few public misconceptions, and now includes an SSL/TLS encrypted web form which might encourage more people to contact the organisation.
John Scarlett should take the opportunity of his new appointment to bring MI6 into the 21st century and onto the world wide web, since there is a need to re-establish public confidence in the UK's Intelligence Agencies.
Who takes over from John Scarlett as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee ?