The blurring between fact and fiction regarding the activities of MI5 the Security Service continues in the pages of The Times
The Times October 31, 2005
BBC drama spooks women spies from coming into the fold
By Michael Evans
The violent death of two female characters is blamed for a slump in MI5 recruitment
THE violent death of two female characters in the BBC’s Spooks drama series is putting young women off joining MI5, spymasters say.
So what about the violent deaths of male characters in this fictional TV drama series ?
Why have they apparently only placed adverts with a single magazine publishing company i.e. The National Magazine Company ?
'A security source said: "We want to attract more females but the Spooks programme may be having a bad effect because of the way some of the female characters have been killed off."'
We hope that this level of "analysis" is not indicative of the way in which intelligence "facts" are interpreted by MI5 into intelligence threat assessments !
"The concern about the shortage of female applicants has coincided with MI5’s drive to expand its staff from 2,000 to 3,000, following an injection of extra cash from the Treasury. Dame Eliza had originally planned to reach the new total of 3,000 by the end of 2008. But the date has now been brought forward to 2007 to cope with the increased demands for surveillance and intelligence officers since the July 7 suicide bombings in London. MI5 is also looking for new premises in London because its headquarters at Thames House is nearly full. Office blocks, big enough to take several hundred staff, are being checked within the M25 area..
One proviso is that the new building, which will act as an alternative HQ in the event of any terrorist attempt to target Thames House, will remain a secret address — as during the Cold War days when the MI5 HQ at Gower Street in London was never listed as the official home of the Security Service.
MI5 is also in the process of opening new regional premises, to house small numbers of staff to work closely with local Special Branch offices. Eight outlying stations whose precise location will also remain secret, will cover Scotland, the North East. the North West, the Midlands, Wales, southwest England, southeast England and East England"