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The natural stress of life in MI5

The Observer, May 12 1985
By Miranda Ingram, former MI5 officer

Working in MI5 is not an easy life. The problems inherent in being an intelligence officer mean that it is vital for your superiors to be people to whom you can turn in confidence for help.

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Bullshit about bullet catchers

The Guardian, October 7 1988

Review of 'Bullet catchers' By Tony Geraghty

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Hidden story of the Beirut hostages

The Guardian, November 6 1989

There are people in the Foreign Office who confide privately that they believe Terry Waite is dead - seized as a spy in the wake of the Irangate scandal, tortured to extract information about his links with Oliver North and finally brutalised beyond endurance.

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Tiny Rowland - portrait of the bastard as a rebel

The Guardian, August 1 1990

(Note: For readers in 1990, this story had a significant context, that Rowland's company, Lonrho, owned The Observer and that Rowland was brazenly abusing his position to pressurise the paper into backing his obsessive quest to buy the Harrods department store in central London.)

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Lies and confusion around the fatal sinking of a trawler

The Guardian, December 12 1992

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

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MI5 acquires new powers

The Guardian, January 29 1996
with Richard Norton-Taylor

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.

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UK planned to spy on Commonwealth leaders

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 Guardian.

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UK spies used G20 London meetings to spy on allies

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 the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.

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Even MI5 feared GCHQ was trampling on civil liberties

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.

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Defending The Guardian over Edward Snowden

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.

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