Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA: “I can’t talk about the details of the intelligence, but we have, the intelligence community has said, that this election was meddled with by the Russians in a way that is frankly not particularly original.” File photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

Russia “meddled” in last year’s US presidential election as part of a decades-long effort to “undermine American democracy”, CIA director Mike Pompeo (...)

US president Donald Trump has sent angry tweets this week over a report that  Robert Mueller was looking into whether the president obstructed justice.  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president Donald Trump appeared to confirm he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, as he lashed out at what he described as a “witch (...)

Vladimir Putin and Oliver Stone. Photograph: Komandir, via Showtime

Filmmaker Oliver Stone’s four-hour documentary on the Russian leader, The Putin Interviews, began screening in the US on Monday night. Here’s what we’(...)

Irish security services: the emergency-response unit training in October 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Since the Manchester Arena and London Bridge attacks, Irish intelligence experts have ruminated on Ireland’s ability both to predict and to handle suc(...)

The conclusion drawn by  experts is that hackers would not need to access voting machines to compromise an election.  Photograph: Getty Images

How vulnerable are – or were – elections to hacking? If you are starting from a base of differentiating between “risky” voting using electronic voting(...)

Reality Leigh Winner (25):  a federal contractor charged by the US department of justice with sending classified material to a news organisation. Photograph: Reality Winner/social media via Reuters

The US department of justice has charged a federal contractor with sending classified material to a news organisation that sources identified to Reute(...)

A Chinese soldier on guard in  Beijing.The CIA considers spying in China one of its top priorities. File photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

The Chinese government dismantled CIA spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two yea(...)

Facebook agreed with the US that the court should have regard to the information about the data-collection restrictions. Photograph: Reuters

The Data Protection Commissioner has told the High Court new restrictions on collection of some personal data by the US National Security Agency have (...)

The WannaCry hackers  targeted the weakest links. In response Microsoft made the unusual move last weekend of releasing a patch for Windows XP and other unsupported systems.  Photograph: iStock

The message on the screen began with the jaunty, almost innocuous line “ooops, your files have been encrypted!” as if the user had made a silly mistak(...)

Impeachable offence: President Trump has been accused of obstructing justice. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A few weeks ago only Donald Trump’s most implacable political opponents – the type derided as liberal crackpots on Fox News and other right-wing media(...)

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