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    Published: 10/11/2016
    EDWARD SNOWDEN HAS plenty of fans. A film about him by Oliver Stone describes how, as a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr Snowden turned against the system and smuggled out files about its spyin ... Read more
  • Tinker, tailor, hacker, spy

    Published: 10/11/2016
    “THE COMPUTER WAS born to spy,” says Gordon Corera, who covers intelligence for the BBC, Britain’s national broadcaster. The earliest computers, including Colossus and SEAC, were used by signals intel ... Read more
  • The solace of the law

    Published: 10/11/2016
    IN THE SPY MUSEUM in Washington, DC, a floor is given over to James Bond. Pay attention to the villains, says Vince Houghton, the museum’s historian: each tells you what the West was scared of when th ... Read more
  • Standard operating procedure

    Published: 10/11/2016
    AFTER THE COLLAPSE of the Soviet Union, intelligence was becalmed. Apartheid came to an end, the Palestine Liberation Organisation said that it was abandoning terror, and economies around the world em ... Read more
  • Happenstance and enemy action

    Published: 10/11/2016
    MOST COUNTRIES HAVE spy agencies of one sort or another, and their efforts may well be directed chiefly against their own people. Many are a legacy of colonial rule. An agency’s clout is often at odds ... Read more