Parliament urged to review government secrecy in MI5 history book

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Passage in official history of security services advises closer scrutiny of intelligence data kept by those in power.

The author of MI5's official history has asked the parliamentary intelligence and security committee to investigate the way government departments have succeeded in suppressing embarrassing information.

Christopher Andrew, a Cambridge historian, urged the committee of MPs and peers to act in a hitherto unnoticed passage of his authorised history of MI5, published this week, to mark the centenary of the security service.

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