MI5 Avoided Recruiting Black Spies in the 60s, Citing ‘Security Risk’ – Reports


The head of MI5 at the time is said to have remarked that the risks of employing “coloured staff” originated “simply from the colour of a man’s skin, which gives him a chip on his shoulder,” adding that “It would be a long time before this chip is removed.”

Back in the 1960s senior MI5 officials believed that black people could not be trusted in high-level security roles, newly declassified documents reveal.

The papers reportedly show how senior officials at the UK’s Security Service consciously sort to avoid recruiting black spies, and moreover, that people from the minority community could not be trusted in such jobs because of harboured anger over racial discrimination. 

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According to the UK’s Guardian, the shock revelations were discovered by Professor of international history, Dan Lomas, who apparently found the files while sifting through papers at the British interdepartmental committee on security.

​The files are said to show how employers at the spy agency practiced a policy of refusing to employ people based solely on skin colour. 

​Reportedly, Mr Lomas was looking at documentation from a period in the 1960s when the then Labour government of Harold Wilson was vying to introduce legislation aimed at racial equality.

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Lomas has…

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