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(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks about troop pullout from Afghanistan at the White House yesterday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, has asked the White House counsel to investigate how the name of the top CIA official in (...)

CIA director John Brennan

It is five years since US president Barack Obama ended the controversial renditions, interrogations and detention programme led by the Central (...)

Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, accused the CIA last month of breaking the law by searching computers used by committee staff working on the report on CIA interrogations. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Central Intelligence Agency misled Congress and the US public about the scope and effectiveness of its controversia(...)

US president Barack Obama presents the executive director of Saudi Arabia’s national family safety programme, Maha Al Muneef, with the US secretary of state’s international woman of courage award in Riyadh. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US president Barack Obama’s brief encounter with Saudi king Abdullah at the weekend did not produce a meeting of minds or policy changes, but m(...)