Espionage

What do we really want from our security services?

Was the journalist Judith Miller’s bad intelligence to blame for the 2003 invasion of Iraq?

A valuable – though not objective – historical record

 
Anyone who has seen The Bourne Identity, or the many similar Hollywood films, finds the Edward Snowden saga familiar. A heroic fugitive insider is hunted by a rogue government agency. As the credits roll, our man on the run is vindicated, thanks to a combination of media coverage and belated congressional scrutiny. He gets the girl. The villains go to jail.

Listening in on a conversation about listening in

‘Whenever I buy something over the phone I am giving a total stranger the means to clean out my current account’

Many a British art worthy maintains we all could have been Anthony Blunt. Rubbish: he deserved nothing less than exile in Russia