Of particular interest are the revelations by Jock Kane, ex-employee of GCHQ who tried to raise several complaints within government about corruption within that organisation. The head of GCHQ at that time was none other than Sir Arthur Bonsall, an alumni of St Catharine’s college, Cambridge.
It does not appear that attitudes towards raising complaints have improved since that period. One might in fact state that attitudes have worsened which is inevitable given the increasing powers available to the agency, the lack of oversight as I shall point out later and the increasing level of secrecy since the passing of legislation such as
- The Official Secrets Act (1989), which removed the Public interest defence.
- The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000)
- Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (2014)
- Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015)
Mr Kane was however repeatedly rebuffed, most notably by Special Branch who prevented the publication of his book “GCHQ: The Negative asset”, and the title of this site is a homage to this.
His allegations were investigated by the journalist Duncan Campbell who revealed the existence of GCHQ in the 1970s. He concurs with much of Mr Kane’s account.