US attorney General Eric Holder during a news conference at the justice department yesterday in Washington. Mr Holder announced he has ordered an investigation into whether criminal activity took place at the Internal Revenue Service. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Not since the covert surveillance exposed during the Watergate scandal of the 1970s has such a rash of revelations about spying and seemingly p(...)

A man named as Ryan Fogle by the Russian Federal Security Service, lies on the ground during his detention.  Photograph:  Press service of Russian Federal Security Service/Handout via Reuters

Russian security services have held a US diplomat they claim is a CIA agent after catching him trying to recruit a Russian agent. The FSB(...)