Nuclear submariner jailed for eight years for trying to pass on naval secrets to men he believed were Russian spies

Edward Devenney was told he had betrayed his country and his colleagues

From Francis Walsingham to Mohammed Sidique Khan - Surveillance through the ages

Francis Walsingham, who ran Elizabeth I’s secret service, built up a vast spy network to protect the Queen against the very real risk of assassination.

Banks: The Hydrogen Sonata is epic in scope and more fun than you’d expect

IoS Books of the Year 2012: Sci-fi, fantasy and horror

Probably the best books in this world – and the others

The Griffon vulture was fitted with a GPS transmitter

Meet operative PP0277: A secret agent – or just a vulture hungry for dead camel?

Sudan says he's an Israeli operative – but his handlers say he's too easily distracted for that. Matthew Kalman reports on a spy thriller

'Skyfall' spies the record as it makes more than 'Avatar'

Some dared to call it the best James Bond film yet. Now Skyfall has become the highest-grossing film in history at the UK box office, surpassing James Cameron's 3D epic Avatar.

Pentagon builds military network to rival the CIA

The Pentagon is planning a major expansion of America's international spy network, creating a new generation of undercover agents to get a better handle on critical issues such as China's growing military might and the rising influence of fundamentalist militants in Africa.

A life not lived: Shaker Aamer with two of his children before his arrest

Hopes rise for Guantanamo's last UK inmate

UK police to interview Shaker Aamer in Cuba, as his family send appeals to President Obama

Syrian rebels: Starting to use missiles

Syrian rebels start using missiles

Syrian rebels have acquired as many as 40 shoulder-fired missile systems in recent weeks to counter assaults by Syrian military aircraft, introducing a possibly decisive new weapon into the conflict, Western and Middle Eastern intelligence officials say.

History suggests Mark Carney's real test may come with a new government

At the start the new Governor will have Number 10 on side, writes Sean O’Grady

Spying accusations stoke America's Cup rivalries

Spying is set to spark new battle lines in the America’s Cup as tempers fray on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. At odds are the €90m Italian team Luna Rossa, backed by the Prada luxury goods house, and the San Francisco-based, Lord knows how many millions Oracle team, holders of the cup and backed by computer software billionaire Larry Ellison.

Young Philby, By Robert Littell

Can this espionage story of the mythic Kim Philby give us something new?

Editorial: A killing that will rebound on Israel

There have been occasions in the past when it has been hard to penetrate the thinking of an Israeli government; the events of yesterday supplied one more. At a time when instability, or potential instability, afflicts almost all its borders, from Sinai in the south to Golan in the north, one might have thought that the last thing Israel needed was any action likely to fan the flames further.

General David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell and why power never stops men from acting the fool

You're the head of a spy agency... someone's going to spot the affair. Obviously.

Archie Bland: The real scandals are the ones we don't know about

As revelation piles upon revelation in the David Petraeus scandal, the limits of where one thinks it could end up expand too. By the time you read this, we will presumably have been told that Jill Kelley, the woman at the heart of the affair, was being bombarded with lovelorn messages by someone senior in al-Qa'ida, or that Jimmy Savile was actually in the CIA. As the crisis builds, I assume those who chose the less-than-discreet Petraeus to lead the intelligence organisation can only think: we probably should have gone with a spy.

A March 2012 photograph of Edward Devenney covering himself up as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court

Royal Navy submariner Edward Devenney remanded in custody after admitting meeting 'Russian secret agents' to discuss UK military intelligence

A Royal Navy submariner who tried to pass on secret information to Russian agents has been remanded in custody after admitting his crime.

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