UK mounts 'covert attacks' on Russia's leaders, former cabinet secretary reveals

UK mounts 'covert attacks' on Russia's leaders, former cabinet secretary reveals

UK mounts 'covert attacks' on Russia's leaders and their allies to 'punish President Putin', former cabinet secretary reveals

  • Lord Sedwill said UK Government has launched cyber attacks on Russia's leaders
  • Former cabinet secretary claimed action is taken 'to punish Vladimir Putin'
  • Anglo-Russian relations are at all-time low following 2018 Salisbury poisoning
  • Britain has carried a series of covert attacks on Russia's leaders and their allies, the former cabinet secretary has disclosed.

    Lord Sedwill said the UK Government had launched cyber attacks to punish President Vladimir Putin and his senior allies.

    He said the aim of such actions had been to 'impose a price greater than one they might have expected' in response to aggressive Russian behaviour.

    The UK had sought to exploit Moscow's 'vulnerabilities', Lord Sedwill added, including through the deployment of its recently-declared offensive cyber-capability.

    Speaking to Times Radio, he said: 'Russia is operating in what the aficionados call grey space, that gap between normal state relations and armed conflict, with cyber attacks, information warfare and disruption campaigns.

    'It is important that we are cap ..