(LONDON) LATEST: Texas Synagogue Siege: British man who took four hostage in Colleyville ‘had been investigated by MI5’ Sky News understands #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.22: The suspicion that had been raised about him was related to Islamist terrorism.

#AceDailyNews according to Sky News Report: Malik Faisal Akram, 44, was first probed by the security services in the second half of 2020 to see if he posed a security threat, according to a Whitehall source by

Malik Faisal Akram
Malik Faisal Akram was shot dead by an FBI swat team

The Security Service began looking into Malik Faisal Akram, 44, in the second half of 2020 to assess whether he posed a security threat, a Whitehall source said.

FBI vehicles are pictured surrounding the synagogue complex in Colleyville
FBI vehicles are pictured surrounding the synagogue complex in Colleyville, Texas

Three prison sentences for violent disorder and harassment

He had also been in prison three times, between 1996 and 2012, for a range of offences including violent disorder, harassment and theft, Sky News understands.

Akram, who was from Blackburn in Lancashire, took four people, including a rabbi, hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday.

He is said to have demanded the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of trying to kill US army officers in Afghanistan, and is in prison in Texas.

Akram was shot dead by an FBI SWAT team 10 hours into the stand-off and all four hostages were released unharmed.

Sky News understands he arrived in the US via New York’s JFK International Airport shortly before the new year before buying the handgun he used in the siege.

MI5 concluded ‘no credible threat to national security’

Questions have now been raised into how he was able to enter the US with a criminal record and being known to MI5.

Its so-called “short-lead investigation” into Akram concluded that there was no “credible threat to national security at that time”, the source said.

It meant that no longer term investigation or further monitoring of Akram was carried out.

“He never reached the threshold” to justify further investigation, the source said.

An armed law enforcement vehicle stands by outside the Texas synagogue
An armed law enforcement vehicle stands by outside the Texas synagogue

The source declined to say how long Akram had been looked into other than to say that the investigation had lasted more than four weeks and either ended in the back half of 2020 or by early 2021.

After the investigation concluded that Akram did not pose a threat at that time, he would have joined the ranks of some 40,000 individuals who have at some point been a subject of interest of MI5.

A “short lead investigation” is a term given for a form of investigative process by MI5 into an individual that comes before a longer term, covert investigation.

Reported by prison imam for ‘disruptive behaviour’ at prayers

Sky News understands that Akram was jailed for six months for violent disorder in 1996 and spent time at a young offender institute before being moved to an adult prison.

He was back in prison a year later for destroying property, before another sentence in 1999 for harassment and breaching the terms of his release.

Akram was last remanded into custody in 2012, but the case against him was dropped.

However while on remand at HMP Liverpool he was reported by the prison imam for “concerning and disruptive behaviour” at Friday prayers.

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(LONDON) JUST IN: MI5 has issued a rare warning to MPs that a Chinese agent has infiltrated Parliament to interfere in UK politics #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.13: She then gave donations to politicians, with funding coming from foreign nationals in China and Hong Kong: It comes after a “significant, long-running” investigation by MI5, Whitehall sources told the BBC.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Security News Report: Chinese agent infiltrating Parliament, MI5 warns as alert from the security service said Christine Ching Kui Lee “established links” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with current and aspiring MPs: By Gordon Corera & Jennifer Scott
Security correspondent & political reporter, BBC News

Houses of Parliament

The security service said anyone contacted by Ms Lee should be “mindful of her affiliation” and its “remit to advance the CCP’s agenda”.

Conservative MP and former party leader, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, brought up the alert in the Commons, confirming it had been emailed out to MPs by the Speaker.

He said it was “a matter of grave concern”, calling for Ms Lee to be deported and demanding the government make a statement to the House.

Former defence minister Tobias Ellwood also called for a statement in the Commons, adding: “This is the sort grey-zone interference we now anticipate and expect from China.

“But the fact that it’s happened to this Parliament, there must be a sense of urgency from this government.”

Issuing an alert about an individual is an unusual move for MI5. 

It signals that their long-running investigation had led them to become sufficiently concerned that they felt they had to act now. 

We have heard about concerns over Russian influence in the past but China, British intelligence officials say, has now become their top priority.

The allegation here is interference – covertly gaining influence – and not espionage (stealing secrets).

And one concern from security officials is that there are not the laws in place to be able to tackle interference.

As a result, they sometimes believe that going public – as they have done in this case – is the best way of disrupting any ongoing risk.

According to the alert, Ms Lee claimed her involvement with Parliament had been to “represent the UK Chinese and increase diversity”.

But MI5 said that activity “had been undertaken in covert coordination with the United Front Work Department [of the CCP], with funding provided by foreign nationals located in China and Hong Kong”.

The UFWD is alleged to be seeking to “cultivate relations” with “influential figures” to ensure the UK political landscape is favourable to the CCP and to challenge those that raise concerns about the party, including over human rights.

The security service said Ms Lee had “extensive engagement with individuals across the UK political spectrum”, including the now disbanded All Party Parliamentary Group called Chinese in Britain.

But they warned Ms Lee “may aspire to establish APPGs [parliamentary groups] to further the CCP’s agenda”.

Gardiner donations

One MP who received funding from Ms Lee was Labour’s Barry Gardiner, who began getting donations from her law firm, Christine Lee & Co, at the end of 2014. 

According to the register of MP’s interests, between then and 2020, Mr Gardiner received over £420,000 from her, mostly covering the costs of employing parliamentary researchers. 

Ms Lee’s son was also understood to have volunteered for the Labour MP and was later employed as his diary manager. 

Labour MP Barry Gardiner received donations from Christine Ching Kui Lee’s company

In a statement, Mr Gardiner, who was a member of the shadow cabinet when Jeremy Corbyn was Labour leader, confirmed he had received the donations and that Ms Lee’s son had worked for him.

But he said he had been “liaising with our security services for a number of years” about her and MI5 has “always known, and been made fully aware by me, of her engagement with my office and the donations she made to fund researchers in my office in the past”.

The Brent North MP said she had “no role” in who was appointed as his researchers and all donations were “properly reported”, adding: “I have been assured by the security services that whilst they have definitively identified improper funding channelled through Christine Lee, this does not relate to any funding received by my office.”

He also confirmed her son resigned from his post on Thursday, and that MI5 had no intelligence that showed he was aware of, or complicit in, his mother’s actions.

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K) LATEST: Women’s Hospital Attack Report: An explosion on Remembrance Sunday has been declared a terror incident by police #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.16: Home Secretary Priti Patel said it had been raised from substantial to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, because the explosion in Liverpool was the second incident in a month.

#AceDailyNews Liverpool Women’s Attack UPDATE Report: A taxi exploded and was engulfed in flames just before 11:00 GMT at a drop-off zone near the entrance, killing the passenger and injuring the driver: The cabbie, named locally as David Perry, was declared a hero by Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson for locking the suspect inside the vehicle: Four men have been arrested in the city under the Terrorism Act…

As it happened: Police updates on the hospital blast

By Lynette Horsburgh
BBC News

The UK terror threat level has been raised to severe.

Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North West, Russ Jackson, said the taxi passenger appeared to have made an “improvised explosive device” which caused the blast.

He said police knew the identity of the attacker but would not confirm it at this stage.

The man’s motivation was “yet to be understood”, Assistant Chief Constable Jackson added.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson chaired an emergency Cobra meeting earlier in response to the explosion which the home secretary attended.

Taxi driver David Perry has been released from hospital

Mr Jackson said he understood Delta Taxis driver Mr Perry picked up a passenger in Rutland Avenue, near Sefton Park, on Sunday. 

“The fare – a man – had asked to be taken to Liverpool Women’s Hospital, which was about 10 minutes away,” he added.

“As the taxi approached the drop-off point at the hospital an explosion occurred from within the car. This quickly engulfed it in flames.

“Remarkably the taxi driver escaped from the cab.”

Mr Jackson said the taxi driver had been released from hospital after being treated for his injuries.

He said police were “aware there were Remembrance events just a short distance away from the hospital and that the ignition occurred shortly before 11am”.

“We cannot at this time draw any connection with this but it is a line of inquiry we are pursuing,” he added.

Watch: Police say passenger brought explosive device into taxi

Police said a fourth man, aged 20, was arrested earlier in the Kensington area of the city and was in custody.

Three other men – aged 21, 26 and 29 – were detained on Sunday in Sutcliffe Street in Kensington.

Mr Jackson said the arrested men were believed to be “associates” of the taxi passenger.

He said officers were looking at the man’s associates, his telephone records and purchases he may have made.

All four men in custody will be interviewed later by counter-terrorism detectives.

Officers are searching two addresses – one in Sutcliffe Street and a second at Rutland Avenue where “significant items” have been found, police said.

A cordon is in place at both locations and eight families have been evacuated from their homes.

Mr Jackson said police had “attributed” the taxi passenger to both the addresses but were uncertain which one he lived at.

Neighbour Sharon Cullen said she was evacuated from her home near Sutcliffe Street by officers telling her “whatever is going on at the back of the house, it could blow the block”.

She said she thought four men aged in their 20s lived at the address.

“I don’t know any of them but one [of] them always seemed to be on a PC in his bedroom,” she said.

People are being allowed in and out of Liverpool Women’s Hospital but officers could be seen at the entrance to the building and were stopping cars for checks as they entered the car park. 

Patients have been told to attend appointments as normal but visiting arrangements have been restricted until further notice, a hospital spokesman said.

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(LONDON) LATEST: British spy suspect named for first time after arrest in Germany over links to Russia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.13: A British embassy security man in Berlin has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Russian intelligence, it has been revealed.

#AceDailyNews UPDATE: EXCLUSIVE: British embassy security spying suspect David Smith, 57, has been arrested in Berlin in a joint operation involving elite ‘spy catchers’ from MI5: We published out reported MET Report on Wednesday that Metropolitan Police said officers from the force’s Counter Terrorism Command – which investigates alleged breaches of the Official Secrets Act – are liaising with their German counterparts who are leading the investigation.

British Embassy in Berlin, Germany
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Suspect traitor , David Smith, 57, was seized on Tuesday in a joint operation by British Counter Terror Command and German security operatives.

Elite “spy catchers” from the British security service MI5 played a major role in investigating Smith in the weeks before his arrest.

On Wednesday night the MI5 counter-intelligence operators were assessing whether Smith may have compromised British embassy security.

But the arrest is a major breakthrough for British intelligence against the Kremlin’s ruthless espionage experts who have been targeting British embassy workers worldwide.

Smith was arrested suspected of selling secret documents from the embassy to Russian spies for money and is thought to have come under suspicion from MI5.

Sources said the operation to arrest him was “intelligence-led” and took several weeks.A policeman stands outside the British Embassy in Berlin on Wednesday after authorities announced the arrest (

It is not known which Kremlin agency could have led the recruitment operation on Smith but the feared GRU have been active in Germany – as have Moscow’s foreign service the SVR.

The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the arrested man is suspected of selling documents to “a representative of a Russian intelligence service.”

The man was arrested in the city of Potsdam, to the south-west of Berlin and is being held under German law on suspicion of engaging in “intelligence agent activity”.

Yesterday searches were carried out at his Potsdam home and at his workplace.A police car stays outside the British Embassy in Berlin following revelations of the arrest (Image:Getty Images)

The German Foreign Ministry said it is taking the case “very seriously” and that any espionage activity against an allied state on German soil is “unacceptable.”

A UK Government spokesman said the suspect had been “contracted to work for the Government”, while German prosecutors said he had been working as a “local employee” at the embassy.

In a statement, the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office said he is suspected of having worked for a foreign secret service since at least November last year.

The statement said: “On at least one occasion he forwarded documents obtained in the course of his professional activities to a representative of a Russian intelligence service.

“In return for providing information, the accused received cash in a previously unknown amount.”

He was due to appear before an investigating judge at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe on Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police said: “The man was arrested in the Berlin area on suspicion of committing offences relating to being engaged in ‘intelligence agent activity’ (under German law).

“Primacy for the investigation remains with German authorities. Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue to liaise with German counterparts as the investigation continues.”

A UK Government spokesman said: “An individual who was contracted to work for the Government was arrested yesterday by the German authorities.

“It would not be appropriate to comment further as there is an ongoing police investigation.” 

The arrest comes at a time of continuing tensions between the UK and Russia which have been building for a number of years.

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(LONDON) Court Report: MET Counter Terrorism Command & MI5 Investigation Has led to a man being convicted of planning to carry out a terrorist attack after a joint proactive operation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.14: However, MI5 and police were actively investigating Abu. He was detained during a proactive armed police operation carried out after he ordered a large sword online that he was planning to use in his attack:

Man convicted of plotting terror attack following Met and MI5 operation: ‘Sahayb Aweys Munye Abu, 27 (15.4.93) of east London, ordered weapons, equipment and clothing online in preparation for an attack, while visiting websites with #Daesh material and sharing his extremist views with people online’

Convicted: Sahayb Abu

Convicted: Sahayb Abu

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “ This is a prime example of how our officers and the security services are working together to keep people safe. Every day, counter-terrorism teams are identifying and targeting individuals and groups with violent, extremist views and those with terrorist intent. They gather the intelligence and evidence we need to identify those who pose a threat, so that we can stop their activity, bring them to justice and protect the public from harm: “ On Friday, 12 March, Abu was found guilty of preparation of terrorist acts (contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006), by a 11-1 majority verdict after a trial at the Old Bailey which started on Tuesday, 9 February.

He is due to be sentenced on Friday, 9 April.

The police investigation started in March 2020 due to concerns about Abu’s extremist mindset.

In May and June 2020 over several weeks, Abu made enquiries about and purchased a number of items that gave investigators cause for further concern – a lock knife, a ballistic vest, two balaclavas, fingerless gloves, a camo-print fisherman’s hat with face and neck cover, and finally a large sword.

During the course of the investigation, an undercover officer met and befriended Abu online and they met in person on two occasions. During their conversations, Abu spoke about obtaining firearms.

Abu was arrested on 9 July during an armed policing operation.

His electronic devices were seized and analysed and officers found dozens of messages, including video and voice messages, where Abu recited lyrics which reflected his extremist views.

In one song, he refers to himself as a “straight ISIS supporter”, talks about “heads rolling on the ground”, and says “got my suicide vest, one click boom and I’ll see you later.”

On the day of his arrest, he posted a message in a chat group saying “we need a 9/11 2.0” – referring to the terrorist attack on World Trade Centre in 2001.

His internet search and browsing history also showed that he visited websites about Daesh, and accessed and downloaded Daesh propaganda and other extremist content.

When interviewed by police, Abu denied any intention to commit a terrorist attack and said the items he had purchased were for display purposes and for use in parody “drill” music videos.

Commander Smith added: “Over several months, Abu sought to obtain weapons and the equipment needed to commit a terrorist attack. He is an extremely dangerous individual, but we were able to intervene and arrest him before he was able to carry out his attack: “ This investigation took place during the Covid-19 pandemic, but our focus on keeping the public safe from terrorism has not wavered during that time. Whilst people will clearly have other things on their minds at the moment, we must also remember that the threat of terrorism in the UK is still very real and an attack remains likely. We continue to rely on the public’s help and support in our ongoing fight against terrorism.”

If you have information about terrorist activity or offences, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. If there is an immediate threat, always call 999. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/report-terrorism.

If you have concerns about a friend or acquaintance who you believe is being radicalised or holds extremist beliefs, call the national police Prevent advice line on 0800 011 3764 in confidence. For more information, visit www.actearly.uk

+ Muhamed Aweys Munye Abu, 32 (1.1.89) of south London, was found not guilty of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism (contrary to section 38B of the Terrorism Act 2000).

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.14: 2021:

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BRITAIN: ‘ Cameron and Hammond Appoint Ex Army Man as New Head of Secret Intelligence Services (SIS) ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – October 05 – The UK government appointed a new head of its Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) MI6 on Friday, replacing its outgoing chief, Sir John Sawers.

The headquarters of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) at Vauxhall Cross on the River Thames in central London. (Reuters)

The headquarters of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) at Vauxhall Cross on the River Thames in central London. (Reuters)

Little is known about Alex Younger, except that he is an economics graduate who has worked for MI6 since 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Younger, who was also in the British Army, has worked in Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

He was appointed with the agreement of Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond.

“I am pleased to announce that Alex Younger has been appointed as the next Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service,” Hammond said in a statement. “The work of SIS is world-class, and its operation vital to the safety and security of the United Kingdom.”

“Alex brings a wealth of relevant experience including his work in Afghanistan and helping keep the country safe during the London 2012 Olympics,” he added.

Younger’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the intelligence service, as it faces fresh challenges abroad, particularly from the militant Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.

The agency is currently monitoring up to 500 Britons fighting for the militia, while working with foreign intelligence agencies in coordinated military attacks against the group.

“I am delighted and honored to become Chief of SIS and lead one of the best intelligence agencies in the world,” Younger said upon his appointment.

“Our dedicated staff work tirelessly against an array of threats that this country faces. They do so in close partnership with both MI5 and GCHQ, with whom I am looking forward to co-operating closely.”

Outgoing MI6 head Sawers said Younger had played a “vital role” in modernizing the SIS.

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