John Sawers

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Taliban fighters patrol in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph:  EPA

Two decades ago, the Taliban’s refusal to hand over Osama bin Laden and his fellow al-Qaeda leaders provided the justification for US president George(...)

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street after a cabinet meeting about the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Theresa May has told her cabinet that Britain will seek a bespoke free trade deal with the European Union after Brexit, combining maximum access to Eu(...)

Laptop X-ray:  It is estimated that 60-90 per cent of passengers carry  large portable electronic devices and a ban would require additional security staff at airports.  Illustration: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

A proposed ban by the US of laptops and other large portable electronic devices (PEDs) on flights coming out of Europe would disrupt operations at 53 (...)

The former head of Britain’s MI6, Sir John Sawers,  has said   it is not possible to monitor activities of terrorists without intruding upon the lives of others such as the general public, politicians and technology companies.  In his first speech since leaving the role of chief of the British secret intelligence service, Sir John backed  prime minister David Cameron’s assertion that there cannot be “no-go areas” online or in other forms of communications. Photograph: Elyse Marks/Edelman/PA Wire

Intelligence services must be able to tap into encrypted emails, Skype calls and messaging services, or else Paris-style terrorist attacks will become(...)

Sen Catherine Noone at the Oireachtas charity fashion show in support of Motor Neurone Disease Research held in the Shelbourne Hotel.

News has reached us of a distressing episode involving Mattie McGrath, his suitcase and a revolving door. It happened last Thursday week, but n(...)

From left: the director general of security service MI5, Andrew Parker; the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), John Sawers; and the director of GCHQ, Iain Lobban, at the first parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee in London yesterday. Photograph: PA Wire

Terrorists have changed their methods of communications as “a direct consequence” of the Guardian’s revelations about the extent of surveillance by in(...)

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(...)

Buildings  damaged by Syrian government airstrikes and shelling, in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC

Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of al-Qaeda militants if Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is toppled, with potentially “(...)