In one of the most bizarre twists in America’s war on terrorism, the CIA assigned veteran operations officer Harold James “Jim” Nicholson to run a cou(...)

Yemeni al-Qaeda chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi speaks at an unknown location in this still image taken from video obtained by Reuters TV. Al-Qaeda in Yemen said its leader,  al-Wuhayshi, was killed in a US bombing, in major blow by the United States against the global militant group’s strongest branch. Photograph: Reuters TV

The deputy leader of al-Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a US bombing in Yemen, the group said on Tuesday, removing the director of a str(...)

File photograph from a video showing Al Qaeda chief Nasir al-Wuhayshi who has been killed in a US bombing. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Al Qaeda in Yemen said its leader, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, was killed in a US bombing, in major blow by the United States against the global militant gro(...)

The CIA says that most UFO reports could be traced to flight logs of Lockheed U-2 and later the OXCART project. Photograph: Reuters/Hannah McRoberts

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has tweeted a declassified document that claims responsibility for over one half of all UFO reports made during (...)

US president Barack Obama  has said the Senate report brought to light a “troubling” CIA programme involving practices that were “contrary to our values”.Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters 1:08

The Central Intelligence Agency lied about “brutal” interrogations that amounted to torture in the years after the September 2001 attacks on the Unite(...)

A rebel fighter on the  the frontline against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

The Syrian conflict is being driven and prolonged by a war economy, by profiteering and dirty deals between militias. “Moderate” rebels openly form ba(...)

Former defence secretary and CIA chief  Leon Panetta: said that, on occasion, Obama “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities”. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters

Leon Panetta, Barack Obama’s former secretary of defence and CIA chief, has criticised the president in a new memoir, saying that he too often “rel(...)

A new National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen under construction in Bluffdale, about 40 kms south of Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph:  Jimmy Urquhart/ Reuters)

IIU, the private equity firm led by financier Dermot Desmond, has invested in Vahna, a cyber-security firm. The United States company is led by Brenda(...)

A US flag flies in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near the US embassy in Berlin. Germany’s expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin is close to a diplomatic nuclear option and is unprecedented in the postwar history of German-US relations. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

A few years before he died in 2006, the former East German spy chief Markus Wolf, known as “the man without a face”, told me about the qualities he(...)

Engineers at Palantir Technologies, surrounded by multiple monitors and interesting personal decor, at the company offices in Palo Alto, California. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

Palantir Technologies will not help you share, message, pin, post or chat. It does not exist to make you more social or connected, or even to help adv(...)