The head of Britain’s MI6 spy agency has called for Russians opposed to the war in Ukraine to collaborate with the intelligence service.
“I invite them to do what others have done this past 18 months and join hands with us. Our door is always open,” MI6 chief Richard Moore told POLITICO in an interview published Wednesday.
“Their secrets will be safe with us and together we will work to bring the bloodshed to an end,” Moore added.
The CIA has also been openly trying to recruit Russians by posting videos on social media in Russian with instructions on how to contact the agency via the dark web. CIA Director William Burns said earlier this month that the war in Ukraine was a huge “opportunity” for the spy agency.
“Disaffection with the war will continue to gnaw away at the Russian leadership, beneath the steady diet of state propaganda and practiced repression. That disaffection creates a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us at CIA, at our core a human intelligence service,” Burns said.
“We’re not letting it go to waste. We recently used social media — our first video post to Telegram, in fact — to let brave Russians know how to contact us safely on the dark web. We had 2.5 million views in the first week, and we’re very much open for business,” the CIA chief added.