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    1. November 7, 2014

      UK intelligence agencies spied on lawyers and clients

      UK intelligence services have routinely intercepted confidential communications between lawyers and their clients, official...

    2. October 23, 2014

      UK spies collect international emails without minister’s sign-off

      UK spy agencies collect international private social media messages and emails without ministerial sign-off, the foreign...

    1. October 3, 2014

      Career spy Alex Younger to head Britain’s MI6

      Britain has a new spy chief – MI6 insider Alex Younger, the second-in-command of the intelligence agency. Mr Younger, 51,...

    2. June 26, 2014

      MI6 chief Sir John Sawers to retire

      Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency, is to step down from his post in November at the...

    3. November 7, 2013

      Top UK spies accept need for more openness

      Britain’s top spies have said they are considering making more of their tactics public amid anger about apparent mass...

    4. November 7, 2013

      Tim Berners-Lee criticises UK and US spy agencies

      Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the world wide web, has strongly criticised UK and US spy agencies for cracking encryption...

    5. November 6, 2013

      Britain’s spymasters step out of shadows

      The heads of the UK security services have long been the most secretive officials in the British state, people who almost...

    6. May 8, 2012

      MI6 screening considered in dead spy case

      A Scotland Yard review of all the forensic evidence in the case of dead spy Gareth Williams may involve a DNA screening...

    7. May 2, 2012

      MI6 chief says sorry to dead spy’s family

      Sir John Sawers, the head of Britain’s secret intelligence service MI6, apologised “unreservedly” to the family of a dead...

    8. April 26, 2012

      Heywood was not a British spy, says Hague

      The British government took the unusual step on Thursday of stating that Neil Heywood, the British businessman thought to...

    9. April 24, 2012

      Olympics will test intelligence services

      These are demanding times for Britain’s intelligence services, MI5 and MI6. As London prepares for the Olympic Games in less...

    10. April 18, 2012

      Straw faces lawsuit on Libya rendition claims

      A Libyan military commander is threatening a civil legal action against Britain’s former foreign secretary, alleging that...

    11. April 11, 2012

      Blair says his government opposed rendition

      Tony Blair has insisted he was not aware of any occasion that his government dropped its opposition to rendition amid claims...

    12. April 10, 2012

      Whitehall refuses to rule out Libya rendition deal

      The government is not ruling out the possibility of reaching an out of court settlement with Abdul Hakim Belhadj, the Libyan...

    13. April 9, 2012

      Alarm over fresh rendition allegations

      Coalition MPs have described fresh allegations that British ministers approved the 2004 rendition of a terror suspect to the...

    14. April 4, 2012

      Cameron stands firm against privacy critics

      David Cameron has insisted he would not U-turn on plans to set up secret courts and extend powers to monitor emails and...

    15. April 3, 2012

      MPs decry Clarke’s secret hearings plan

      MPs have delivered a stinging rebuke to government plans to expand the use of secret hearings in cases where MI5 and MI6...

    16. April 3, 2012

      MPs decry Clarke’s secret hearings plan

      MPs have delivered a stinging rebuke to government plans to expand the use of secret hearings in cases where MI5 and MI6...

    17. January 18, 2012

      Torture inquiry scrapped amid fresh claims

      Britain has been forced to scrap a judicial inquiry into allegations that its security services were complicit in the...

    18. January 16, 2012

      Awkward truths in the torture debate

      In a world in thrall to relativism, there are some absolutes worth holding on to. Torture is abhorrent in all circumstances....

    19. January 12, 2012

      Intelligence services face rendition probe

      Scotland Yard is to begin an urgent criminal investigation into allegations that UK intelligence agents helped the rendition...

    20. December 30, 2011

      Government questioned on double-agents

      Winston Spencer-Churchill, the grandson of the former prime minister, wrote to the government demanding answers about...

    21. November 16, 2011

      MI6 foiled pro-Gaddafi plots in Libya

      MI6, the Secret Intelligence service, foiled attempts by pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya to assassinate leading figures in the...

    22. October 19, 2011

      Clarke move to ease spy agency cases

      Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, has unveiled proposals under which individuals taking legal action against Britain’s...

    23. September 16, 2011

      There’s no romance left in espionage

      The British are indulging in one of their periodic bouts of spy fever, such as no other nation enjoys so much. Tinker,...

    24. September 15, 2011

      Film releases: September 16

      Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was the toast of Venice, and is an early favourite for next year’s Oscars, but this bloodless,...

    25. September 5, 2011

      Q&A: MI6 in focus over rendition

      Why are Britain’s intelligence services in the spotlight once again ? The reason is the discovery of a letter which appears...

    26. September 4, 2011

      UK aided rendition of Libyan rebel

      Britain’s intelligence services are under pressure to spell out the full extent of their links with Colonel Muammar...

    27. September 4, 2011

      Chaos reveals Libya’s links to west

      The revolutionary chaos in Tripoli has offered tantalising glimpses both of the formerly close relations between the west...

    28. September 3, 2011

      UK implicated in Libya rendition plot

      Britain was complicit in a successful US plot to capture and send to Libya an Islamist terror suspect who is now a senior...

    29. July 6, 2011

      Cameron’s tension with the chiefs

      These are tough times for the heads of Britain’s armed forces. Over the past few weeks, they have been regularly in the...

    30. June 2, 2011

      Social networks: Crooks cash in on the need to chat

      Facebook, the 600m-strong social network, has a mission: it wants to connect the world. Unfortunately, however,...

    31. May 12, 2011

      Doubt cast on Campbell’s Iraq evidence

      A former intelligence official has reignited the controversy over the dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons capabilities,...

    32. April 3, 2011

      MI5 spy survey was hidden from US

      Steps were taken to ensure that a top secret history of Soviet spying in the UK did not fall into the hands of Britain’s US...

    33. March 9, 2011

      Cameron ardent in support of rebels in Libya

      Late last week, a daring undercover operation to establish contact with the rebels fighting Col Muammer Gaddafi in Libya...

    34. March 2, 2011

      Eggar will need energy at Cape

      Former energy minister Tim Eggar, who has been named the new chairman of Cape, the oil services group, is brushing off his...

    35. February 18, 2011

      MI6 in the frame

      Shortly after Sir John Sawers was appointed MI6 chief in 2009, the world was treated to photos of him in his Speedo trunks,...

    36. February 14, 2011

      Slideshow: A year with MI6

      MI6, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, has commissioned a series of paintings and drawings in a novel attempt to...

    37. February 14, 2011

      Art aims to shed light on shadowy world

      James Hart Dyke’s “Waiting in the hotel room” 2010 Some 80 paintings and drawings commissioned by MI6 have been put on...

    38. December 14, 2010

      Avoiding issue of shah’s odium aided his downfall

      In March 1979 as foreign and commonwealth secretary I commissioned a detailed historical analysis of British policy towards...

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