Triple agent Markus Reichel (32) was sentenced to eight years in prison for passing on more than 200 secret documents to the CIA, as well as trying to hand over three documents to Russian intelligence. File photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

A former German intelligence employee has said he started spying for the US and Russia because he felt under-appreciated and not sufficiently challeng(...)

 Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko and   prime minister Vladimir Putin (right).

Russia’s minister of sports, Vitaly Mutko, said on Thursday that foreign athletes travelling to Russia for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi would be expect(...)

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secrecy group Wiklileaks. Photograph: REUTERS/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/The Guardian.

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secr(...)