The Sept. 11 attacks and subsequent “war on terror” had a transformative impact on the handling of secrecy and surveillance activities in government programs.
Intelligence agencies must be incorruptible and 'speak truth to power' to be of any benefit to policymakers and the communities they serve.
Moneypenny, as played by Naomie Harris, has been told that “fieldwork isn’t for everyone”.
With its first ever recruitment advert, MI6 is reaching out to women and minority groups. But like their fictional counterparts, will they still end up doing desk work?
Abdel Hakim Belhaj during a gathering at Green Square in Tripoli, Libya in 2011.
Letters of apology are welcome but where is the official inquiry into claims of ill-treatment and rendition by Britain’s spies?
Investigating the possible scene of the crime in Salisbury.
Russia isn't the only suspect when it comes to the practice known as 'wetwork'.
South Africa’s intelligence services continue to have more in common with their apartheid-era counterparts 23 years into democracy.
South Africa's intelligence services operate secretly and with minimal oversight. So citizens will probably never know exactly what they are up to.
Far from grasping at Cold War certainties, Le Carré's Smiley embraces the changing role of the British spy.
World War II poster.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Trump's travel ban is an echo of policies passed in the United States during World War II.
A painting of Alex played by Malcolm McDowell in Stanley Kubrick’s film of A Clockwork Orange.
On the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth – A Clockwork Orange had a profound influence on the cultural and political landscape.
Head of MI5, Andrew Parker, testifying to the first parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee in 2013.
By choosing to talk to MI5's most outspoken press critics, the spy boss has made a very shrewd move.
Twentieth Century Fox
It's a million miles from the cartoon capers of James Bond, but remains a familiar tale of good versus evil.
In a world where the gadgets have taken over, Bond feels somewhat antiquated but he is inevitably privileged by the demands of cinema.
British foreign secretary Anthony Eden having a confidential chat with Soviet ambassador Ivan Maisky.
The Scheffer-Voskressenski family.
Ivan Maisky was Russia's ambassador to the Court of St James from 1932 to 1943. By charming his way into Britain's inner circles he arguably passed on more secrets than the infamous Cambridge Five.
What’s Russian for cloak and dagger?
For some, it began with a tap on the shoulder at Oxford or Cambridge. Now recruitment for British intelligence occurs via newspaper and online advertisements and aptitude tests through websites. Despite…