Kim Philby

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“Were it left to me to decide,” Thomas Jefferson once said, “whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In marking the third annual World News Day today, 100 news organisations across the globe are setting out the case that “news” matters, that news is m(...)

Still beating: Alexander Skarsgård and Florence Pugh in ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

All decent folk will feel glad for John le Carré. It must be gratifying to find yourself at the centre of the conversation as you negotiate your 87th (...)

A Soviet military parade: Vladimir Putin and the Brexiteers are both pining for empire

There is a scene from the classic 1970s TV adaptation of John Le Carré’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, when the captured Soviet agent, Bill Hayd(...)

In previously unseen footage recovered by the BBC, Kim Philby, the ex-MI6 officer who rose up the ranks of British intelligence before defecting to become a Russian spy, said he regularly passed on top secret information to his Soviet contacts “year in, year out”. Photograph: BBC News/PA Wire

British double agent Kim Philby detailed his life of betrayal and the ease with which he was able to pass secrets to his Soviet controllers in newly d(...)

Chapman Pincher has died at the age of 100. Photograph: PA Wire

Chapman Pincher, who has died aged 100, was one of the most successful British investigative reporters of his generation. In more than 30 years with t(...)

Patrick Seale who has died in London at the age of 83 was the world’s most distinguished expert on Syria. He had close connections with Ireland(...)