Director of GCHQ intelligence agency Jeremy Fleming 'will step down from his ... trends now
The director of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency, Jeremy Fleming, is to step down from his role later this year.
Since April 2017, Fleming has been director of GCHQ - often called 'Britain's listening post', which works to defend the UK from cyber attacks and terror plots.
A spokesperson for GCHQ said: 'In line with normal practice, there will be an internal civil service competition to identify a successor.
'Sir Jeremy and the Board will continue to lead and oversee work at GCHQ until the summer.'
Director of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency, Jeremy Fleming, is to step down
An aerial image of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham
In October Sir Fleming said that Britain faces a 'sliding doors moment in history' with China, whose plans for global technological dominance pose a 'huge threat to us all'.
The spy chief fears the hostile state is using key technologies to spread its influence around the world – even using surveillance from space.
In a speech, he raised the prospect that China is building a satellite system capable of tracking individuals around the world.
Despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China still poses the greater long-term threat to