Intelligence services

Britain’s spy agencies could do with a woman’s touch

21 January 2017 10:30

I always knew security agencies were missing a trick with the ladies. Currently, less than four in ten workers in…

Do our spies really depend on the EU?

8 May 2016 14:49

Sir John Sawers, an ex-MI6 chief, insisted to Andrew Marr earlier that No10 did not put him up writing today’s…

The Security Services have lost track of 1 in 4 of those who’ve gone to fight in Syria

20 June 2014 12:00

We have just had a second intelligence failure on Iraq. The speed and extent of ISIS’s sweep into the country…

David Miranda’s arrest proves how sinister the state has become

19 August 2013 10:39

Always remember mornings like these, the next time police officers and politicians demand more powers to protect us from terrorism. They…

I spy a BBC bias

6 September 2011 10:47

With Colonel Gaddafi’s compound lying in ruins and every self-respecting reporter combing through the wreckage, it was only a matter…

The ISI chief must be sacked

16 May 2011 9:07

The US-Pakistani relationship has always been fraught, but it is particularly fractious right now. It is highly likely that the…

CIA director blasts Pakistan’s intelligence service

3 May 2011 17:46

“It was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardise the mission. They might alert the targets.”…

The world’s most wanted man becomes the world’s most wanted photograph

2 May 2011 11:12

Will we see pictures of the dead Bin Laden? When Saddam’s sons were killed, pictures of their corpses were released…

Unite chief blames MI5 for protest violence

9 April 2011 15:37

Sometimes, just when you think that the craziest left-wing ideologues have gone off to tend to their gardens, up one…

A landmark judgment for the security services on torture

25 February 2011 18:46

The Court of Appeal made a momentous judgment this afternoon. It was hearing the appeal of Rangzieb Ahmed, the first…

Wiki-danger

6 December 2010 18:04

Now the Wikileaks are beginning to become dangerous. Before, the leaks contained high-level tittle-tattle, confirmation of existing analyses and embarrassingly…

The mundanity of espionage

5 December 2010 15:55

And the most curious political story of the day has to be the one about Mike Hancock’s 25-year-old parliamentary researcher,…

The truth about Wikileaks

30 November 2010 8:22

Isn’t he a character that Julian Assange? With his shades, white hair and globe-trotting antics, the founder of Wikileaks is…

The coalition outlines its national security concerns

18 October 2010 17:24

What a curious creature this National Security Strategy is. For some reason, I expected something more than a 39-page document…

What about the Home Office?

17 October 2010 17:50

The less we hear from Theresa May, the more I worry about the Home Office budget. I’m hearing rumours of…

The past few weeks have made the struggle in Afghanistan even more difficult

31 July 2010 10:53

Domestically speaking, it has been an encouraging week from the coalition. Internationally speaking, less so. And today we see the…

Jack Straw: The Ultimate New Labour Politician

18 January 2010 23:35

He’s the man who managed to be the campaign manager to Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown. Just after the…

The Iraq Inquiry should call Gordon Brown now

12 January 2010 10:29

Alastair Campbell is before the Iraq Inquiry. As one of Blair’s closest aides, Campbell’s role in the run-up to the Iraq…

Where’s the accountability?

8 January 2010 13:56

The verdict is in and just about every part of the US intelligence community failed to perform. The Solomonic decision…

Oh dear, Gordon’s done it again

5 January 2010 13:13

The knicker-bomber must love this. Twice Gordon Brown has jumped on the bandwagon and bounced straight off on both occasions.…