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Old 20-01-2019, 12:32 PM   #128
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Home Office under fire for blocking new spy watchdog
Surveillance expert Eric King vetoed from top job at IPCO over past associations
Mark Townsend
Sat 19 Jan 2019 15.00 GMT

The Home Office has prompted outrage by blocking the appointment of the man tasked with leading investigations into the UK’s spy agencies.

Eric King had been appointed head of investigations at the new government watchdog charged with regulating the intelligence agencies until the Home Office intervened, apparently due to his “previous work and associations”.

King is the former head of a coalition of groups campaigning for reform in the wake of revelations by US whistleblower Edward Snowden which also exposed a massive state surveillance structure in the UK.

His lobbying work on mass surveillance is believed to have helped him secure the key role at the government’s new Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO).

King would have become the first head of investigation at the IPCO, whose brief is to “provide independent oversight of the use of investigatory powers” by the government’s monitoring agency GCHQ, the security services MI5 and MI6, the National Crime Agency and all police forces as well as other government departments.
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