UK Spies

UK Will Hold Public Enquiry Into Polonium-Poisoned Spy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK

The UK is to hold a much longed-for public inquiry into the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, Theresa May has announced. The enq...

Concrete Donkey? Leaked 'Spy Tools' List Is Disturbing, Oddly Hilarious

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Tech

A leaked list of tools allegedly developed by the intelligence agency GCHQ to spy on internet users has revealed the vast - and arguably bizarre - ext...

Russia Thought The Cambridge Five Spies Were Drunken Liabilities

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

The Cambridge Five spy ring were constantly drunk, according to their Russian handlers, and regarded as incapable of keeping secrets. Donald Duart ...

The Year of Edward Snowden

Annie Machon | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

On this anniversary, I want to salute the bravery of Edward Snowden. His conscious courage has given us all a fighting chance against a corporate-industrial-intelligence complex that is running amok across the world. I hope that we can all find within us an answering courage to do what is right and indeed take back our rights. His bravery and sacrifice must not be in vain.

Real-Life 'IT Crowd' Are Being Recruited As Foreign Spies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Tech

MI5 has warned that foreign spies have found a new target in the post-Cold War fight for intelligence supremacy: Your humble IT manager. That's ...

Real-Life 'IT Crowd' Are Being Recruited As Foreign Spies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Tech

MI5 has warned that foreign spies have found a new target in the post-Cold War fight for intelligence supremacy: Your humble IT manager. That's ...

Is This 'Number Station' YouTube Account A Message Board For Spies?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Tech

An account on YouTube - which has posted 77,000 apparently meaningless videos of rectangles and noises - is the subject of some interesting conspiracy...

Did Russia Try To Spy On The G20 With Gifts Of Hacked USB Sticks?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Tech

Russian secret services tried to spy on other G20 countries by slipping gadgets with surveillance tech installed into their gift bags. Unconfirmed ...

How is Spying and Surveillance Evolving?

Endeavour Press | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

One of the many remarkable things revealed by the NSA spying revelations is how remote from the subject of their surveillance spies have become. Programmes with enigmatic names like XKeyscore or PRISM scan mainframe computers in far away bunkers, collecting and sifting through reams of emails and searches, which disconcertingly reveal to faceless bureaucrats our most intimate thoughts and intended actions.

Convicted Hackers Could Be Signed Up As British 'Cyber Spies'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Hackers with criminal convictions could be signed up by the government as digital spies, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said. Hammond said th...

The Privatisation of Intelligence Services and the Erosion of Security

Will Black | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Edward Snowden gave away state secrets because he believed the public should know what the American government does in its name. Due to the privatisation of intelligence services, there are many more people out there with sensitive data who could be persuaded to part with it by nothing more than a smile from a pretty face or one too many pints of beer.

South Korea : A Fifth Column?

Colin Pattinson | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Politics
Colin Pattinson

In recent weeks South Korean media has been awash with stories concerning an explosive story; The case of Lee Seok-Gi. The lawmaker has been accused of conspiracy to commit armed rebellion and has labelled a 'jongpuk' (종북 - a derogatory term for a North Korean sympathiser/apologist).

The Secret Policemen's Balls-Up

Annie Machon | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

In the wake of the global impact of the ongoing Edward Snowden saga, a smaller but still important whistleblower story flared and faded last week in the UK media.

Spies Need More Oversight, Not New Powers

Annie Machon | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Following the awful murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week, the political securocrats who claim to represent the interests of the British intelligence services have swung into action, demanding yet further surveillance powers for MI5 and MI6 "in order to prevent future Woolwich-style attacks".

OHM and Other Three-Letter-Agencies

Arjen Kamphuis | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Tech
Arjen Kamphuis

Four years ago a somewhat unknown Australian hacker with some new ideas about the future of journalism gave the opening keynote at HAR2009. His site was called Wikileaks and some of us had a hunch that this concept might be going places. We had no idea just how far that would be...

MI6 'Ghost Money' Helping Afghan Drug Trade?

Annie Machon | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

And how has this money been spent? Certainly not on social projects or rebuilding initiatives. Rather, the reporting indicates, the money has been funnelled to Karzai's cronies as bribes in a corrupt attempt to buy influence in the country.

What Are Our Intelligence Services Doing in Our Name?

Bob Morgan | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the all-party group on rendition, said the Justice and Security Bill would make it more difficult to establish the truth about Britain's complicity in kidnap and torture and make us all less safe. I think he is right about that.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Newspaper Reporting

Annie Machon | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Where to start with this tangled skein of media spin, misrepresentation and outright hypocrisy?

What's The Deal With Movie Making And Torture?

Kevin Toolis | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kevin Toolis

I am all in favour of movies that try to help us understand the world we inhabit. And there is nothing more serious than democratic states abandoning the rule of law and torturing people. And that is why I have spent the last three years of my life also making a movie about torture.

Echelon Redux

Annie Machon | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

In the same way that President Obama signed the invidious NDAA on 31 December last year, despite his previous protestations about using his veto, it appears the US government has sneaked/snuck through (please delete as appropriate, depending on how you pronounce 'tomato') yet another draconian law during the festive season, which apparently further erodes the US constitution and the civil rights of all Americans.

MI5 Boss 'Unwittingly Passed Soviets Information On Cambridge Spies'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK

The man investigating the defection of two of the notorious "Cambridge spies" was confiding in members of the same group of Soviet double agents unkno...

The Scorpion Stare

Annie Machon | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Tech
Annie Machon

I have written over the years about the encroaching surveillance state, the spread of CCTV and the increasing use of drones in our skies. When the North East of England introduced talking CCTV cameras that could bark orders at passing pedestrians in 2008, I thought that we were fast approaching the reductio ad absurdum point - and indeed this subject has raised a wry laugh from audiences around the world ever since.

Will MI6 Fix Intelligence on Iran?

Annie Machon | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Recent remarks by the head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, leave us wondering if the Secret Intelligence Service is preparing to 'fix' intelligence on Iran, as his immediate predecessor, Sir John Scarlett, did on Iraq.

Former Tory Minister 'Spied For Communists'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK Politics

A Conservative minister in the 1960s sold information about his colleagues and Parliament to communist spies, it has emerged. Czech Security Servic...

North Korean Traitors and South Korean Witch Hunts

Colin Pattinson | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK
Colin Pattinson

A recent drunken rant has stirred up controversy in South Korea and sparked debates questioning senior figures loyalty and their possible links to North Korea.