'Spy deal' with Argentina

BRITAIN'S secret service chiefs have promised to pass on their expertise to Argentine agents, according to a report in a Buenos Aires newspaper yesterday, writes Stephen Ward.

The report quoted the Argentine state intelligence secretary, Hugo Anzorregui, saying he had met his British counterparts, Sir Colin McColl of the foreign intelligence service, MI6, and Stella Rimington, head of the domestic security service, MI5, in London on Monday.

The meetings were said to be the first between Argentina's and Britain's top spymasters since the two countries fought the 1982 Falklands war.

The report in Clarin, a daily newspaper, said Mr McColl and his Argentine visitor swapped ideas about terrorism and the problems both Britain and Argentina faced due to immigration.