Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ since 2014, has today announced his decision to step down once a successor is in place.
Hannigan cited personal reasons for his departure in a letter to the Foreign Secretary.
Hannigan took over at GCHQ in November 2014 to oversee a more open approach after the agency was forced on the defensive the previous year by the Edward Snowden revelations of mass surveillance.
In line with normal practice there will be an internal competition within Government to identify candidates to succeed Hannigan, for onward recommendation to the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister. In the meantime the Director and Board will continue to oversee all the department’s work.
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