The head of Interpol said Monday that Britain’s anti-terrorist efforts are “in the wrong century,” pointing out that authorities in London had not shared any information from the investigation of three failed car bomb attacks and had not made good use of a passport database. “We have received not one name, not one fingerprint, not one telephone number, not one address, nothing, from the UK, about the recent thwarted terrorist attacks,” Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary general, said in an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. television.
“My view is that the U.K.’s anti-terrorist effort is in the wrong century,” Noble said.
Britain’s Home Office said the Interpol databases were consulted by the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA).
“The U.K. works closely with the Interpol secretariat and with member states to provide police-to-police cooperation,” a Home Office spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government policy.