John Le Carré in a scene from The Pigeon Tunnel.
John le Carré and Ian Fleming, the world’s most famous spy novelists, share experience in UK intelligence and difficult childhoods. But their heroes, George Smiley and James Bond, are very different.
Cillian Murphy as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in ‘Oppenheimer.’
Spying was a concern from the dawn of the nuclear age, but charges that J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led the development of the first nuclear weapons, was a Soviet spy have been proved wrong.
Intelligence reports offer information that can avert threats to national security or promote national interests.
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Baker will be the sixth woman, first entertainer and first Black woman to enter after a successful petition from her family and fans.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays British businessman Greville Wynne who gets caught up in espionage during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
American intelligence has recognised there are four reasons why a ‘normal’ person might be convinced to spy.
ASIO is changing the language it uses to describe violent threats, because it says the current labels, such as “left”, “right” and “Islamic” are no longer fit for purpose.“
Giant of literary fiction: John le Carré was both influenced by, and influential on, Britain’s secret services.
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Le Carré drew on his own experience to change public perceptions of the world of spying.
The Shaik brothers Moe, Schabir and Chippy after Schabir was found guilty of fraud and corruption and sentenced to 15 years.
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Moe Shaik fancies himself as an analyst who can read people well. And yet, he has a rather large blind spot for his leaders – until they fall out with him.
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Killing Eve may seem like an ultra-modern take on the spy genre but it is more traditional that it seems.
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The former boss of British intelligence has lashed out at spy novelist John le Carré. The novelist is rather pleased.
South Africans seem to be fascinated with the way in which spying is entwined in the country’s politics.
The government’s website for FARA.
The initial aim of the 1937 Foreign Agents Registration Act was long forgotten: the prosecution of Nazis for interfering with American democracy. But that law is startlingly relevant to the US now.
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.
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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.