RADIOHEAD‘s THOM YORKE has spoken out against the secretive power of the UK intelligence service, MI5, in an exclusive interview with NME.COM.
The singer has previously gone on the record in support of anti-capitalist protesters and civil liberties groups. After recently posting a series of links to websites for such groups on his own page on the Radiohead website, [url=]www.radiohead.com, Yorke wrote ‘I reckon maybe deserve a file at MI5 now Tony (Blair), what do you think?’.
MI5, which is famously secretive and unaccountable, is involved in intelligence work to investigate and counter covertly organised ‘threats’. These include terrorism, subversion, espionage, serious crime and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Talking about the ‘Reclaim The Streets’ protests last year, Yorke claimed the authorities were closely monitoring protesters. He told NME.COM: “I know some stuff about MI5 that would shit your brain. But I can’t tell you, ‘cos they’ll do it to me, too. Seriously. And I’m not winding you up, either.”
MI5 will not say whether it has been monitoring any of the anti-capitalist groups involved in the May Day protests, but it is understood that the more extreme groups are being treated as a security threat. MI5 describes its own aims as “to protect national security and economic well-being, and to support the law enforcement agencies in preventing and detecting serious crime”.
A spokeswoman for MI5 at the Home Office would not confirm whether Thom Yorke does have an MI5 file. “We just don’t comment on operational information on individuals,” she said.
For the full story see this week’s NME, out in London today (May 8) and nationwide tomorrow (9).
Thom Yorke has broken his silence to give a rare interview, which will appear in next week’s issue of NME (May 15). The singer, who has not spoken to the paper for five years, explained his decision to relent. “I just got sick of holding grudges basically,” said Yorke. “Enough’s enough, it’s boring and I can’t be arsed any more, really.”