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GCHQ has been at the heart of the Edward Snowden leaks and been widely criticised for spying on internet activity

Market Street in Omagh after the bombing in 1998, for which no one has been convicted

Revealed: Warning signs that could have stopped the Omagh bombing

Emails from FBI agent said to show that services had detailed picture of Real IRA before attack

The News Matrix: Tuesday 30 July 2013

Ennis joke sparks criticism of BBC

MI5 has offered a new, partial glimpse of what recruitment looks like when your business is state secrecy

MI5 recruitment: Wanted... the man with the golden (staple) gun

It’s ’elf ’n’ safety gone, well,  a bit 007. MI5 has offered a new, partial glimpse of what recruitment looks like when your business is state secrecy. A job ad on its website seeks a new head of health and safety. The salary: £60,000. But don’t expect to learn much else.

The headquarters of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, in Vauxhall, London

MI6 and MI5 'refuse to use Lenovo computers' over claims Chinese company makes them vulnerable to hacking

Lenovo - the largest PC producer in the world - is indirectly backed by the Chinese state

British aid workers ‘at risk of radicalisation by Syrian rebels’

Government fears hardline Islamists could turn well-meaning  volunteers into jihadists

GCHQ had not circumvented regulations

MPs clear GCHQ use of US Prism system as legal

But they will review legislation regarding effect of surveillance on privacy and human rights

It was revealed that Britain’s spy centre in Cheltenham has for at least two years been using advanced technology to access hundreds of trans-Atlantic fibre-optic cables which daily carry hundreds of millions of private telecommunications messages

GCHQ spying programme: Spy watchdog ‘is understaffed and totally ineffective’

Watchdog’s office consists of only 10 staff to monitor 10,000 working in spy agencies

Not even the opening of the 2012 Olympics could persuade many viewers to watch the BBC’s 3D broadcast

Security experts reveal cyber attack threat to Olympics

'Credible attack' aimed at disrupting the lighting of the opening ceremony

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe faces questions over the conduct of undercover officers

Police to apologise for using dead children’s identities

Investigation into covert policing has found widespread use of the practice.

Abu Nusaybah, friend of Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo who appeared on Newsnight, has trial date set

In an interview to the BBC he claimed Adebolajo was offered a job by MI5

The MI5 headquarters at Millbank by the Thames

Spy agencies to receive £100m increase to tackle terrorism

Britain’s fight against terrorism is set to get a cash boost, escaping George Osborne’s £11.5 billion cuts to public expenditure.

Key points to expect from the spending review

Chancellor George Osborne is set to unveil his 2015-16 spending review in the House of Commons this afternoon with cuts of £11.5bn already secured through negotiation with government departments.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 25 June 2013

Brady ‘makes soup on hunger strike’

Secrets within these walls: the MI5 headquarters at Millbank by the Thames

MI5 officer harassed fellow spy after 'passionate and volatile' relationship ended as they watched Andy Murray lose at Wimbledon, court told

Mark Barton denies harassment, sexual assault and common assault against female colleague

John Quine: Counter-intelligence supremo at MI6 who exposed the double agent George Blake

John Quine was head of counter-intelligence at the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6 in the 1960s, and one of the team that extracted a confession of treachery from the double agent George Blake. Blake, a member of MI6, was, of all the spies uncovered in the Cold War, the one who did most damage to Britain. He received, in 1961, the longest jail sentence ever given out in a British court – 42 years – but did only five in Wormwood Scrubs before escaping in 1966 to Moscow via East Berlin, to which he was driven hidden inside an accomplice's family camper van.

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