Regular intelligence briefings for the public’s consumption have been a feature of the war in Ukraine.
French Air Force soldiers work on a Boeing C135 parked on the French Air Force base in Niamey, Niger in December, 2017.
The Horn of Africa is the epicentre of foreign military activity. Foreign troops have been deployed to support peace initiatives, subdue terror groups and support foreign security initiatives.
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The former boss of British intelligence has lashed out at spy novelist John le Carré. The novelist is rather pleased.
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?
Far from grasping at Cold War certainties, Le Carré’s Smiley embraces the changing role of the British spy.
British Embassy in Moscow.
UK diplomats are thoroughly briefed on the pitfalls that could trap them on overseas service.
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.
Hans Holbein the Younger/National Portrait Gallery
Look back centuries ago and you’ll find the same obsessive secrecy, and the same justifications, as seen today.
For art to imitate life is understandable, but politics inspired by films can be a recipe for disaster.
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.
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.
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…
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…
Watching you, watching me.
The language Robert Hannigan, the new head of GCHQ, uses in his opening statement is well considered in his appeal to openness, democratic values, and the need for corporate responsibility towards helping…
Don’t worry - they are all bugged.
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In a surprise move, the coalition government has announced a fast-track piece of legislation, designed to oblige Internet and mobile telephone service providers to retain the meta-data of call, text, and…
Charming, dissolute, devious: Guy Burgess.
Guy Burgess was, at various times and often simultaneously, a radio producer for the BBC, an informer for MI5, a propagandist for MI6, a diplomat for the FBI and a spy for the KGB. In the book which I…