Tags: EU | Britain | Turing

Head of UK Spy Agency Apologizes for Prejudice to Gays

Saturday, 16 April 2016 08:04 AM

LONDON (AP) — The head of Britain's digital espionage agency has apologized for the organization's historic prejudice against homosexuals, saying it failed to learn from the treatment of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.

GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan told a gathering organized by the human rights group Stonewall that a ban on homosexuals had caused long-lasting psychological damage to many and hurt the agency because talented people were excluded from service.

Hannigan said that while the ban was in place for decades and the policy was changed in the 1990s "it does not make it any less wrong and we should apologize for it."

Turing, a computer science pioneer and architect of the effort to crack Nazi Germany's Enigma cipher, was convicted of indecency in 1952 and later committed suicide.

© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


   
1Like our page
2Share
Europe
The head of Britain's digital espionage agency has apologized for the organization's historic prejudice against homosexuals, saying it failed to learn from the treatment of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan told a gathering organized by the...
EU,Britain,Turing
129
2016-04-16
Saturday, 16 April 2016 08:04 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved