Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Secret back channels between enemy lines are places of mystery, intrigue and danger, but these are crucial spaces where foes come together and feel th(...)

President-elect Donald Trump at a  news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

His denials – at least some of them – were emphatic, even by the standards that Donald Trump has come to be judged by. The dossier, he said, was a con(...)

A classified MI6 note containing the claim about the Kincora abuse scandal was presented in evidence as a senior ranking MI6 officer was questioned at Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At least one MI6-run agent was aware of sexual abuse being committed in a notorious Belfast boys’ home, according to one of the agency’s historic inte(...)

Daphne Park with MI6 colleague Hugo Herbert-Jones on route to Stanleyville (now Kisangani) in the Congo in 1960/61. Five officers in total took part in the operation, the nature of which remains undisclosed. Photograph: courtesy of Sarah Herbert-Jones

Queen of Spies is the biography of the late Baroness Daphne Park (1921-2010), a senior controller in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, popularly (...)

No agency  – even GCHQ, which has a large estate – has nurseries in their offices. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Life imitates the movies, sometimes. Actor Judi Dench took over as “M”, the fictional head of the British secret intelligence service in the James Bon(...)

Antennas of the former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill, or Devil’s Mountain in Berlin. Germany’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had asked the British ambassador to come and discuss a report that Britain was operating a covert spying station in Berlin, using hi-tech equipment housed on the embassy roof. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Britain’s spymasters are facing an unprecedented televised grilling at the hands of MPs.For the first time the heads of the Secret Intelligence Servic(...)

Australia’s foreign minister Bob Carr said the report theft of plans for the country’s spy headquarters by Chinese hackers would not damage Canberra’s ties with its biggest trade partner China. Photograph: Reuters.

Chinese hackers have reportedly stolen the blueprints of a new multi-million-dollar Australian spy headquarters as part of a growing wave of cyber att(...)