U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden speaking during a dinner with US ex-intelligence workers and activists in Moscow on October 9, 2013. AFP/WIKILEAKS
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Spy agencies are caught in a "technology arms race" with terrorists and criminals, the new head of Britain's MI6 said Monday in his first public comments since becoming chief.Alex Younger defended the use of data by the Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, after the release of documents by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden sparked criticism of sweeping mass surveillance by intelligence agencies.The comments were Younger's first since the career spy became chief of Britain's foreign intelligence service last year, taking the helm of an agency not officially acknowledged by the British government until 1994 .Younger said public trust relied on oversight by parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, which has been criticized as being ineffectual in reining in the agencies.
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