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July 11, 2010, 9:39 pm
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Anti-terrorism efforts at GCHQ - Britain's secret eavesdropping centre
- are being undermined by failing to recruit enough ethnic minority
staff, according to a report has revealed.
The review, leaked to the Sunday Times, found that black and Asian
intelligence officers complained of a racist culture at the complex
near Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire.
It also said that GCHQ had only a "very small pool" of black and Asian
staff among its 5,000 workers - while all of the agency's senior staff
The Capability Review was authorised by the head of the civil service,
Sir Gus O'Donnell, and published in January this year, the Sunday
Much of the agency's work involves monitoring calls and emails from
terror suspects, but a lack of officers with specialist knowledge of
languages like Urdu and Arabic was found to be harming efforts to spot
codes and cultural nuances in intercepted conversations.
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