Stories categorized “Security and intelligence”:

Defending The Guardian over Edward Snowden

Published October 2013.

Published by The Guardian October 13 2013 In the last few days, two national newspapers – the Times and The Mail – have suggested that the Guardian has been wrong to publish material leaked by Edward Snowden on the specific grounds that journalists cannot be trusted to judge what may damage national security. Ignore for […]

Even MI5 feared GCHQ was trampling on civil liberties

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian June 22 2013 Senior figures inside British intelligence have been alarmed by GCHQ’s secret decision to tap into transatlantic cables in order to engage in the bulk interception of phone calls and internet traffic. According to one source who has been directly involved in GCHQ operations, concerns were expressed when the […]

Revealed: GCHQ’s massive interception of transatlantic traffic

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian June 21 2013 With Ewen MacAskill, Julian Borger, Nick Hopkins and James Ball Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with […]

US spied on Putin communications during UK visit

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian June 17 2013 With Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball American spies based in the UK intercepted the top-secret communications of the then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to Britain for the G20 summit in London, leaked documents reveal. The details of the intercept were set […]

UK spies used G20 London meetings to spy on allies

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian June 17 2013 With Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by […]

UK planned to spy on Commonwealth leaders

Published June 2013.

Published by The Guardian June 16 2013 With Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball UK intelligence agencies planned to spy on delegates to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in 2009, aiming to give UK ministers an advantage in talks with their Commonwealth counterparts, according to a top-secret document seen by the […]

The dark truth behind a vicious attack

Published July 2008.

The Guardian, July 2008 It was just before midnight when the first police officer hit Mark Covell, swiping his truncheon down on his left shoulder. Covell did his best to yell out in Italian that he was a journalist but, within seconds, he was surrounded by riot-squad officers thrashing him with their sticks. For a […]

MI5 acquires new powers

Published January 1996.

Late on December 20, the day Parliament rose for its Christmas recess, the Government published a bill. It was extremely short; its text took up barely a page. Yet it has profound constitutional implications. It also contains the seeds of a potentially significant threat to civil liberties.

The mysterious death of Hilda Murrell

Published March 1994.

It was a rotten time, aggressive and cynical. The task force was back from the South Atlantic, the cruise missiles were coming into Greenham Common, they were shooting to kill in Belfast, they were banning unions at GCHQ and trampling down strikers in the coal fields. It was a time of ruthlessness in Government and of the crushing of enemies. And everywhere, there was the shadow of the secret state, arrogant and apparently ominipotent.

Truth behind the fatal sinking of a trawler

Published November 1992.

Luck sometimes gets so bad that it no longer seems like luck at all.

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