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Medvedev warns intel officials against leakage of secret logs

world Updated: Dec 15, 2010 20:54 IST

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Amid the WikiLeaks disclosures, President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday warned Russian intelligence against leaking its own secret logs.

Addressing the officers of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) on its 90th anniversary, the Russian President asked the officials of the spy agency to keep abreast with the changing times.

"SVR should improve and change its methods in line with growing global threats such as cyber crimes and international terrorism," Medvedev was quoted as saying by the local media here.

Speaking to the country's top spies at the sprawling SVR headquarters in south-western Moscow suburb Yasenevo, Medvedev, referring to WikiLeaks whistleblower websites disclosures, said the security service should thoroughly analyse the recently leaked US diplomatic cables and take precautions over leaking its own secret logs.

"The global information flow that the world plunged into has dramatically changed the system of making decisions, creating brand new problems.

"Some of them have become completely visible over the last months," Medvedev was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

In the brief televised part of the speech, Medvedev made a passing reference to this summer's spy row with the US, which led to the deportation of 10 spies.

"This year, even though it is a significant anniversary, became troublesome," he said.

He, however, praised the SVR, saying Russia's security service was "effective, quick and reliable".