Thomas Cromwell, a man who definitely knew what you did last summer.
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Look back centuries ago and you'll find the same obsessive secrecy, and the same justifications, as seen today.
Should one person lead two different government agencies?
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The key factor to consider is not cooperation, but rather focus: One is an offensive military unit and the other a defensive civilian agency.
An intelligence review should include not just policy considerations, but open public debate.
The federal government's review of intelligence agencies is important not just for our understanding of their function, but also for a more open public debate about spying and security.
What can ‘Snowden’ teach us about cybersecurity?
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The new movie about the NSA leaker is a new way for the public to learn about government surveillance, communications technology and privacy. How well does it prepare the public for that discussion?
For years, Talese’s subject, Gerald Foos, spied on his motel guests.
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When Gay Talese signed a confidentiality agreement with a motel-owning voyeur, he got access to the voyeur's journals and secret viewing perch. But he also allowed the spying to continue for over a decade.
In safe hands?
Putting CCTV in all UK care homes would be a breach of residents privacy and could have serious ramifications for the rest of society.
Marina Litvinenko has called for action against Russia over her husband’s death.
Putin's personal involvement is speculative, but report findings will cast a long shadow over Anglo-Russian relations.
A public inquiry says the murder of the former Russian spy was probably approved by Vladimir Putin. So how will the UK react?
Don't mention the Cold War.
Comrades in treachery: Donald Maclean (left) and Guy Burgess.
New papers shed light on the aftermath of the dramatic flight of two of the notorious 'Cambridge Spies'.
The high court’s ruling has Google and other tech companies rushing to build data centers in Europe.
The EU’s highest court invalidated a key data sharing agreement between the union and the US, exposing the deep cultural clash over privacy and surveillance.
As Wikileaks reveals yet more details of the astonishing extent of GCHQ mass surveillance, where is the proof that bulk data collection even works?
Back in the game.
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The 21st century spy movie is typically a pretty serious affair, but Ritchie's film shows that there are still bountiful satirical possibilities.
Will the US-China relationship devolve into Spy vs Spy?
The protection of trade secrets is an area of concern for both countries and is more likely to lead to an agreement.
No, don’t email me! Don’t you read the news?
Whether the story is true or not, we've seen that old threats still give intelligence agencies the jitters, even in the digital age.
James Bond and Pussy Galore: Sean Connery and Honor Blackman film a scene for Goldfinger.
Bond has been subject to many further adventures under different authors, and they're a mixed bag, to say the least.
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As the West and Russia go about rooting out each other's spies, they also lose the ability to keep tabs on each other. Time to get back in touch.
An F-35A Joint Strike Fighter on a night mission in the US.
Design details of Australia’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) have been stolen by Chinese spies, according to reports this week, although it’s not clear whether the information was highly classified…
We’re watching you.
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With the shock from the Paris terrorist attacks barely diminished, attention in a number of Western capitals is understandably fixated on counter-terrorism. Politicians are focused on the question of how…
In a new book, author Frank Moorhouse calls for a new compact between intelligence agency ASIO and Australian society.
Frank Moorhouse is known primarily – but not exclusively – for his award-winning fiction such as the Edith Triology. In more recent times, he has turned his considerable talents to the role of the Australian…