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From TheJournal.ie 'Hostage politics': Campaigners condemn death penalty for Canadian citizen in China Diplomatic Tensions

'Hostage politics': Campaigners condemn death penalty for Canadian citizen in China

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was convicted of drug smuggling.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney says Ireland will 'show solidarity with closest neighbour' over Russian diplomats expulsion Skripal Case

Coveney says Ireland will 'show solidarity with closest neighbour' over Russian diplomats expulsion

Britain has already expelled 23 Russian diplomats, accusing them of being undeclared intelligence agents.

From TheJournal.ie Russian ex-spy and daughter were victims of attempted murder with nerve agent Salisbury

Russian ex-spy and daughter were victims of attempted murder with nerve agent

A former Russian spy and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in England.

From TheJournal.ie Former CIA agent arrested in New York with top secret info listing real identities of undercover spies Espionage

Former CIA agent arrested in New York with top secret info listing real identities of undercover spies

The man was found with documents in JFK International Airport.

From TheJournal.ie Russian spy ship sinks off Turkey after collision with livestock vessel Sensitive Information

Russian spy ship sinks off Turkey after collision with livestock vessel

All 78 crew members were rescued by Turkish coastguards.

From TheJournal.ie The price of betrayal: Who did the British pay for info on Irish rebels and how much did they pay? Death By Spies

The price of betrayal: Who did the British pay for info on Irish rebels and how much did they pay?

A old manuscript currently on display has those answers.

From TheJournal.ie 'British spy' and IRA agent Stakeknife to be investigated over 24 murders Freddie Scappaticci

'British spy' and IRA agent Stakeknife to be investigated over 24 murders

Freddie Scappaticci has consistently denied being an informer.

From TheJournal.ie Jailed for 14 years for sending a job application to a foreign company Secrets And Spies

Jailed for 14 years for sending a job application to a foreign company

This case was heard in court today.

From TheJournal.ie The story of the most important Cold War spy most people have never heard of Billion Dollar Spy

The story of the most important Cold War spy most people have never heard of

Meet Adolf Tolkachev – and find out how he was betrayed by the CIA.

From TheJournal.ie 'It ranges from being fired to being executed': Former CIA chief on what happens if a spy gets caught Big Brother

'It ranges from being fired to being executed': Former CIA chief on what happens if a spy gets caught

The Director of Counterintelligence talks 9/11, what makes a great spy and the mistakes made in Iraq.

From TheJournal.ie MI5 spies dressed in disguise testify in British shopping centre bomb plot trial 007

MI5 spies dressed in disguise testify in British shopping centre bomb plot trial

One spy wore a John Lennon-style dark brown wig and thin-rimmed spectacles.

From TheJournal.ie NSA sharing data with British spies was illegal... but it's not going to stop Spooks
From TheJournal.ie "Our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee. Al-Qaeda is lapping it up." - MI6 Spying

"Our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee. Al-Qaeda is lapping it up." - MI6

British spy chiefs said today that intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden were being used by enemies to change the way they operate.

From TheJournal.ie A 'total review' on US surveillance operations ordered Spying

A 'total review' on US surveillance operations ordered

Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein wants a sweeping review into spying on EU allies.

6 factors that decide the makings of the perfect Bond Girl Bond Girl This post contains images

6 factors that decide the makings of the perfect Bond Girl

What makes the ultimate femme fatal?

VIDEO: Drone 'spies' on Mountjoy, and the Facebook and Google offices Hack The City This post contains videos

VIDEO: Drone 'spies' on Mountjoy, and the Facebook and Google offices

Helicopter drones were launched around Dublin city to capture images of inaccessible places…

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

In pictures: top spy gadgets of the 60s and 70s Spying This post contains images

In pictures: top spy gadgets of the 60s and 70s

From ‘turd’ transmitters to the classic camera watch, here are some of the top Cold War gadgets from the KGB and CIA.

From TheJournal.ie British intelligence inquiry to study Gaddafi links Libya

British intelligence inquiry to study Gaddafi links

Documents found after rebels took Tripoli have shown cooperation between British and US intelligence operatives and Gaddafi’s regime.

East German spies' disguises made them look like... spies Oops This post contains images

East German spies' disguises made them look like... spies

Artist Simon Menner uncovered images of a typical Stazi ‘disguise’ during a hunt of its archives. Now they’re on display.

From TheJournal.ie MI5 documents show Nazis plans to kill Allied troops with coffee, cigarettes and chocolate Nazis

MI5 documents show Nazis plans to kill Allied troops with coffee, cigarettes and chocolate

Nazi agents planned to assassinate Allied troops using poisoned foodstuffs and painkillers, as well as swastika emblazoned belt buckles that hid pistols.

From TheJournal.ie Russia threatens to retaliate over passport row Passports

Russia threatens to retaliate over passport row

Russia’s deputy foreign minister has warned his country will retaliate after the expulsion of diplomat

AN INVESTIGATION INTO America’s intelligence network says it is now so big that its effectiveness is compromised. The Washington Post conducted a two-year investigation into the intelligence services put in place by the US government after the 9/11 attacks.

Among the developments documented by the newspaper are the 33 building complexes set aside for top-secret intelligence work which have been built or are being built since 11 September, 2001. Over three-quarters of a million people currently have top-secret security clearance, “nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, DC,” the report writes.

The volume of reports produced by people engaged in intelligence work is so high that it many are simply ignored. The Washington Post writes that it was lack of focus, not lack of resources, which allowed the Fort Hood shooting in Texas last year and the Christmas Day attempted plane bombing to happen.

The CIA had been warned about the attempted bombing when the bomber’s father alerted the US embassy in Nigeria about his sons inclinations.

Today’s article suggests that the intelligence system has grown so big and unwieldy, no one really knowns how many people are involved – or how much it all costs. But US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told the Post he didn’t believe the system had grown too large too manage, but conceded that accessing specific information can sometimes be difficult.

US AUTHORITIES have detained a 12th person in connection with the Russian spy ring recently broken on the east coast of the States, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ten people found guilty of operating as foreign agents in the US were deported to Moscow last week in an apparent spy swap deal between the US and Russia. This 12th person may follow suit.