MI5

Starmer hit by Labour revolt over ‘licence to kill’ bill
Labour leader Keir Starmer
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Starmer hit by Labour revolt over ‘licence to kill’ bill

The party leader is facing a string of resignations over whip to abstain on ‘spycops’ legislation
16 Oct 2020
Pregnancy pains, electric bubble and killer spies
Pregnant woman Covid
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Pregnancy pains, electric bubble and killer spies

Should doctors monitor mothers’s alcohol intake? Are electric cars an investment bubble? And should spies have a ‘licence to kill’?
25 Sep 2020
Debate: should British spies be given a ‘licence to kill’?
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Debate: should British spies be given a ‘licence to kill’?

Government to push through law offering protections to secret agents
23 Sep 2020
MI6 spies tried to interfere in ‘licence to kill’ case
MI6 building
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MI6 spies tried to interfere in ‘licence to kill’ case

Intelligence agency was forced to apologise for ‘any misunderstanding’, court documents show
28 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: Johnson should ‘learn lesson’ of first year
Boris Johnson
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Instant Opinion: Johnson should ‘learn lesson’ of first year

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 24 July
24 Jul 2020
Is the Official Secrets Act fit to counter modern espionage?
MI6 Building
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Is the Official Secrets Act fit to counter modern espionage?

Senior police, MI5 and MI6 sources call on government to update spying law
23 Jul 2020
Reaction: MI5 to get more powers following Russia report
MI5 building
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Reaction: MI5 to get more powers following Russia report

Former spy chief says outdated security laws allow foreign agents to act with impunity
22 Jul 2020

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Dominic Cummings to tour MoD sites for security overhaul
Dominic Cummings
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Dominic Cummings to tour MoD sites for security overhaul

PM’s most senior aide to play central role in review of UK’s foreign policy, defence and security
9 Jul 2020
MI5 says coronavirus Chinese laboratory theory ‘fake news'
Child in China
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MI5 says coronavirus Chinese laboratory theory ‘fake news'

Security Service dismiss suggestion by ex-MI6 boss that virus is man-made
5 Jun 2020
Russia and Isis present twin threats - MI5
MI5 Andrew Parker
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Russia and Isis present twin threats - MI5

Andrew Parker says cooperation between UK and European intelligence agencies needed now ‘more than ever’
14 May 2018
Manchester bombing ‘might have been averted’
Manchester Attack
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Manchester bombing ‘might have been averted’

Review finds MI5 dismissed intelligence as ‘not terror-related’ ahead of arena attack that killed 22
5 Dec 2017
UK court examines GCHQ’s bulk hack of phones and laptops
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UK court examines GCHQ’s bulk hack of phones and laptops

Judges examine MI5 and MI6 spying tactics exposed by Edward Snowden
5 Oct 2017
MI5 to review intelligence handling on Manchester attacker
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MI5 to review intelligence handling on Manchester attacker

Security services received at least three warnings about suicide bomber Salman Abedi's extremist views
30 May 2017
WikiLeaks dump shows CIA knew how to hack smart TVs
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
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WikiLeaks dump shows CIA knew how to hack smart TVs

Spy tool codenamed 'Weeping Angel' able to turn a Samsung set into a covert listening device
8 Mar 2017
Was Richard Whiteley an MI5 spy?
Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman
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Was Richard Whiteley an MI5 spy?

'Countdown host helped send me to prison in the 1970s,' claims Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson
2 Mar 2017
MI5 boss warns of growing threat from Russia
Andrew Parker
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MI5 boss warns of growing threat from Russia

Moscow using whole range of powers to push its foreign policy abroad in 'increasingly aggressive' ways, says Andrew Parker
1 Nov 2016
MI5 told to recruit more middle-aged mums
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MI5 told to recruit more middle-aged mums

Women are more 'intuitive' says intelligence report, but Ukip MEP says women should 'stick to changing nappies'
6 Mar 2015
MI5 double agent offers rare insight into al-Qaeda and jihad
Aimen Dean
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MI5 double agent offers rare insight into al-Qaeda and jihad

Aimen Dean was recruited by British security and intelligence services to report back on al-Qaeda
3 Mar 2015
UK and US stage joint 'cyber war games'
Cyber war games
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UK and US stage joint 'cyber war games'

Exercises will begin with a simulated attack on the financial sector to test both countries' response to online crime
16 Jan 2015
MI5 admits it cannot protect UK from every terror attack
Armed policeman
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MI5 admits it cannot protect UK from every terror attack

Days after Charlie Hebdo attack, MI5 chief gives stark assessment of terrorism threat in the UK
9 Jan 2015
CIA torture report redacted at request of British spies
Guantanamo Bay prison
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CIA torture report redacted at request of British spies

Downing Street admits information was censored on 'national security grounds', but denies complicity
12 Dec 2014
CRISPIN BLACK: Lee Rigby could have been saved
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CRISPIN BLACK: Lee Rigby could have been saved

Public have a right to expect MI5 to properly audit procedures and learn from their mistakes quickly
12 May 2014
CRISPIN BLACK: The spooks are spooking Scotland
Crispin Black
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CRISPIN BLACK: The spooks are spooking Scotland

Is Margo MacDonald being paranoid – or just preparing excuses for the inevitable referendum defeat?
11 Jun 2013
WOOLWICH: Ex-MI5 chief's terror warning
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WOOLWICH: Ex-MI5 chief's terror warning

Stella Rimington's 'eyes and ears' call comes as tensions rise in the wake of Drummer Lee Rigby's killing
28 May 2013