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#Foxgate #Hackgate MI6 spoke to Adam Werritty after trips: The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/oct/17/mi6-adam-wrritty-trips
MI6 spoke to Adam Werritty after trips
Secret intelligence service was keen to find out what information 'adviser' was privy to after trips to Middle East
MI6 called in Adam Werritty, Liam Fox's close friend and self-styled adviser, after his visits to Israel and meetings with Iranians.
Britain's secret intelligence service debriefed Werritty, in effect a freelance operator, as it was keen to know what information he could pass on.
Officials have said that the former defence secretary's friend did not see any British government classified information or documents.
What MI6 was interested in was any privileged information from foreign countries Werritty had access to.
The Foreign Office was concerned about what officials have described as Fox and Werritty's attempts to conduct an alternative foreign policy.
The FO traditionally has been uneasy about MI6's role, an attitude which Werritty's meetings with the intelligence agency is only likely to have exacerbated.
An Iranian activist sympathetic to the opposition who lives in exile in London has told the Guardian he met Werritty. "We met each other five times in total. He wanted to meet me for coffee and discuss Iran and the regime in Tehran. He introduced himself as a close friend of Liam Fox but did not say he was an adviser."
The Iranian activist said: "Werritty was silent most of the times and was more listening than speaking about Iran.
"I had an impression that Werrity was working on writing a report about Iran, it was difficult to judge his knowledge of Iran. He used to ask many questions about the access of people inside Iran to satellite channels and their problems with jammed signals."
Satellite channels, including Farsi-language service of the BBC is blocked inside Iran but many watch it through illegal rooftop dishes. Iran occasionally disrupts its programmes by jamming satellite signals
.Another Iranian based in the US met met Werritty in March 2009 in New York. "The person who introduced me to Werritty said he was working on a report about Iran. He was introduced to me as an influential person with good access to British authorities, therefore I was asked to share my views with him about Iran" and tell him what I think about the current situation,"she said.
In May 2009, Werritty arranged a meeting in Portcullis House, a parliamentary building next to the Commons, between Fox and an Iranian lobbyist with close links to President Ahmadinejad's regime.
In February Werritty arranged a dinner with Fox, Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, and seniorpolitical figures – believed to include Israeli intelligence officers – during an Israeli security conference in Herzliya, where sanctions against Iran were discussed.