MI5 revealed in first Instagram post | the secret to successful UK news spying
MI5 has revealed the “secret of successful spying” with the first post on its new official Instagram account.
MI5 posted the news with a picture behind the scenes of its headquarters in London.
“Look at all the angles. It gives you a better view,” said the post.
The account – @ mi5official – Will reveal never-before-seen archive material, show online Q&A with serving intelligence officials, and promote career opportunities.
For the first time, historical exhibits from the MI5 museum will also be shown in the basement of the agency’s London headquarters.
The post added that “Behind the Sleeves are some of the UK’s best-kept secrets” and exclusive images of life at MI5 tease in future posts.
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In October, new general manager Ken McCallum said he wanted MI5 to “open up and reach out in new ways,” especially to communicate with younger viewers.
“Much of what we do has to be invisible, but what we are doesn’t have to be,” he said.
“Indeed, opening up is key to our future success.”
On Thursday, he wrote in The Daily Telegraph: “In an increasingly open and connected world, MI5 and any forward-looking intelligence organization face a dilemma.
“On the one hand, our ability to serve the public and protect the country depends crucially on going undercover.
“But the other half of the dilemma is that MI5’s ability to keep the country safe and resilient also depends on reaching out to others who can and in turn can help us.
“We owe it to the public to constantly strive for learning and improvement. In our fast-paced world, where technology is advancing at an incredible rate, it would be dangerous to imagine that the MI5 could build all of the functionality it needs in its own bubble. “