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A lesson in CIA tactics

The Guardian, December 5 1987
Written as the UK government tried to suppress the memoirs of former MI5 officer Peter Wright

Outside the night school in the centre of Washington DC, the sign on the wall advertised the evening's classes: in one room, Arts and Crafts; in the other, Covert Operations. Seven dollars for either course. I paid my money and took my first step towards joining the Central Intelligence Agency.

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The spies who are allowed to tell their tales

The Scotsman, January 1 1988
Written as the UK government tried to suppress the memoirs of former MI5 officer Peter Wright

It was the kind of event which the British Government encounters only in its nightmares  - not one or two but fifteen former intelligence officers, possessing collectively many of the nation's most sensitive secrets, gathered together with one express intent, to talk to the press about their work. And, even worse, getting away with it.

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Another October Surprise?

The Scotsman and The New Zealand Dominion, October 14 1988

Mr Mark Goodwin, a spokesman for Vice President George Bush, adopted his most scandalised manner. "Someone who articulates that ought not to be allowed to operate heavy equipment," he declared.

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The difficult truth about the CIA and brainwashing

The Guardian, October 28 1988

Review of 'Journey Into Madness' by Gordon Thomas

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The CIA - a low intelligence agency

The Scotsman and The New Zealand Dominion, December 5 1988

Exactly eight years ago, President Elect Ronald Reagan huddled with his advisers in a little house in Jackson Place just across the road from the White House and planned the brave new world which they were going to create when they took over the reins of power from the reviled Jimmy Carter a few weeks later.

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Pan Am 103 - the unstoppable anger of the bereaved

The Guardian, April 5 1989

Eleanor Hudson had nothing but a handful of flowers. The guard at the White House gate could see that. He had dark glasses, a gun on one hip, a night stick on the other, and a big gold badge on his chest. He told her to back off and started closing the gate.

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Fighting for the truth about Pan Am 103

The Mail on Sunday, July 16 1989

It was only afterwards - after the dust had settled and all the reporters and supporters had gone home - that Bert Ammermann finally calmed down enough to realise what he had done.

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The secret policeman who sabotaged the US left

The Guardian, August 25 1989

If ever the mandarins of Whitehall are tempted to come clean and offer up a Freedom of Information Act in this country, they need only look westwards to Washington to remind themselves of the endless pain this will cause them. The terrible tale of J Edgar Hoover is a case in point.

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The battle at Waco - tanks, guns, fire and cover-up.

The Guardian, January 15 1994

In the early Spring of this year, the armed agents of a foreign government surrounded 33 British men, women and children. Using assault rifles, CS gas and tanks, they killed and burned 24 of these British citizens, destroyed their homes and all of their belongings, arrested the survivors and paraded some of them in chains before jailing them without charge.

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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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US agency spied on Putin communications during UK visit

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.

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GCHQ has broken into world's network of cables for phone calls and Internet traffic

The Guardian, June 21 2013
with Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger 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 its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA).

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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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