Sam Dastyari was forced to resign as Labor’s deputy Senate whip last week.
The public release of secret intelligence can have a powerful impact on the political environment, as the revelations regarding Sam Dastyari demonstrate.
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa unwittingly fell for an old trick used to discredit politicians.
Instead of ignoring his accusers, South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa entertained them, tried to silence them through court, and then revealed a long-past affair of little interest.
The Merkez mosque in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Berlin is run by Turkey’s Dinayet agency, like 900 other mosques in Germany.
The religious arm of Turkey's government, Dinayet, has European authorities up in arms after leaked documents suggested the agency was engaged in international espionage.
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.
Still at it after all these years: the FSB’s Moscow headquarters.
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Russia has decades of experience setting "honeytraps" for spies, diplomats, and whoever else it wants to embarrass or blackmail.
Can we reduce the likelihood of digital attacks?
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For decades, deterrence has effectively countered the threat of nuclear weapons. Can we achieve similar results against cyber weapons?
Do these tumultuous times also mean the end of Bond as we know it?
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.