Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Proposals to toughen the Official Secrets Act are the latest in a long history of efforts designed to prevent government embarrassment.
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The former boss of British intelligence has lashed out at spy novelist John le Carré. The novelist is rather pleased.
Campaigners in the UK are pushing to protect privacy and make the security services more accountable.
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?
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Claims that the Manchester Arena bombing could have been stopped are too simplistic.
Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of the terrorist incident at Borough Market.
Security guarantees are impossible, but too many dangerous individuals are falling through the cracks.
Ever get that feeling you’re being watched? Corbyn with Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, 1995.
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The security services have had eyes on many Labour MPs over the years.
Trump speaks aboard an aircraft carrier in Virginia in March 2017.
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History is littered with the debris of the all too often abusive relationship between the intelligence community and those in power.
British Embassy in Moscow.
UK diplomats are thoroughly briefed on the pitfalls that could trap them on overseas service.
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The government is set to increase its use of punitive security measures against individuals it can’t bring to court.
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.
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.
Touchdown: Shaker Aamer’s ride home after 14 years.
The UK’s last inmate at Guantanamo Bay has finally been brought home – but the matter of Britain’s role in the War on Terror is by no means resolved.
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’.
Their Royal Heilnesses.
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Two decades ago, MI5’s archives were surrounded by secrecy like that of the royal archives. There’s a reason this has changed.
Who is watching them while they are watching you?
Police and spies’ calls for more powers should fall on deaf ears until they have learned the letter of the law.
The thin wall of decency between us and unrestrained power.
A powerful intelligence lobby made up of former defence ministers, police chiefs and intelligence commissioners has emerged in British politics, determined to push for greater powers and resources for…
MI5 could not have stopped Rigby’s killers.
A parliamentary inquiry has cleared MI5 of failing to prevent the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in May 2013. This despite the fact that his killers, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, were both subjects…
Keeping too many secrets will come back to bite you in the end.
One method for safeguarding online anonymity is Tor, “the onion router”, whose name comes from its method of adding and stripping away encryption layer by layer as messages pass from one node to another…
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…