David Wells was formerly a Research Associate at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
David worked for UK intelligence agency GCHQ between 2005 and 2013, including two years as a UK intelligence liaison officer to Australia. As a counter-terrorism specialist, he led and managed complex international investigations with a range of partners. He returned to the UK in 2016 and currently works for S-RM, a leading London-based business intelligence and investigations firm.
David has a first class degree in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds.
Australia may prove to be the test case for a policy solution that has far reaching consequences for privacy, technological development and the future of law enforcement operations.
Most of the most serious consequences have occurred not because of Trump’s actions. But as a result of leaks from within the US intelligence community and the White House.
The London attack represents a continuation of existing trends; it does not mark a significant change in the current UK threat picture.