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UK under threat by China as ex-MI6 chief warns of next 'aggressive step'

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The former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove has detailed how China could launch an attack on Britain. He explained that Xi Jinping is in a position to deny any wrongdoing despite Britain being able to find out who the culprit is. Sky News host Sophy Ridge asked him: “The Mail on Sunday is reporting that there are fears among ministers that China could launch a cyber attack on the UK similar to one believed to have happened in Australia recently. How much of a threat do you think that is?”

Sir Richard said told the broadcaster: “It’s a very aggressive step for the Chinese to take at this point in time.

“I wonder if they would go that far at the moment but it is a threat.

“They have significant capability in this area and they can probably do it in a manner where we’ll know who the culprit is, they can say deny it.

“Of course it’s a threat. We’ve known quite significantly that China have developed this capability and are prepared to use it.”

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