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From TheJournal.ie Caption competition*: What's Percy the dog thinking? Oh Hi There

Caption competition*: What's Percy the dog thinking?

This is Percy – he likes to spy on his neighbours. *There’s not a physical prize, but you will get our undying respect.

From TheJournal.ie Data Protection Commissioner 'not surprised' by US surveillance programme Information

Data Protection Commissioner 'not surprised' by US surveillance programme

Billy Hawkes said that his concern might be that there would be an abuse of powers that have been granted for legitimate reasons.

This baby would make an excellent secret agent This post contains videos

This baby would make an excellent secret agent

(This is what happens when you leave your baby alone with dad.)

From TheJournal.ie CIA director quits over extramarital affair CIA

CIA director quits over extramarital affair

Petraeus said in a statement that he had shown “extremely poor judgement” in having an affair.

From TheJournal.ie Russian spy case details may be made public Inquest

Russian spy case details may be made public

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after ingesting polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope that was secretly slipped into his tea at a London hotel.

VIDEO: The official trailer for latest Bond film Skyfall This post contains videos

VIDEO: The official trailer for latest Bond film

Skyfall is due for release later this year.

From TheJournal.ie 'Underwear bomber' was a double agent Spy Games

'Underwear bomber' was a double agent

The spy had been working with the Saudi intelligence agency in Yemen and handed the bomb to authorities instead of sneaking it onto a plane.

From TheJournal.ie MI6 spy was unhappy with "rat race", inquest hears Inquest

MI6 spy was unhappy with "rat race", inquest hears

The decomposing body of Gareth Williams was found inside a locked holdall in his London flat in August 2010. His sister told an inquest today that he had complained of being unhappy with the “rat race” in London.

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

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

From TheJournal.ie TG4 to document Limerick man’s help in KGB agent’s prison break Great Escape This post contains videos

TG4 to document Limerick man’s help in KGB agent’s prison break

Ex-British spy George Blake was sentenced to 42 years in prison after being convicted of spying for the Soviets during the Cold War.

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

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

From TheJournal.ie WikiLeaks releases 'spy files' Wikileaks

WikiLeaks releases 'spy files'

The Spy Files contain information on almost 300 companies that offer intelligence services. WikiLeaks said this secret industry has boomed since 9/11 and is worth billions per year.

From TheJournal.ie US citizen charged with spying for Assad regime in Syria Syria

US citizen charged with spying for Assad regime in Syria

The 47-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with acting in the US as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.

From TheJournal.ie Chinese general's talk about spy cases leaked onto YouTube China

Chinese general's talk about spy cases leaked onto YouTube

Footage of a Chinese general briefing officials about sensitive and potentially embarrassing spying cases have been leaked online.

Man tracks down MacBook thief by using the stolen computer to spy on him

Software installed on Joshua Kaufman’s MacBook allowed him, and police to track down the burglar by taking pictures of him in secret.

Le Carré becomes the first author to say no to Booker prize shortlist

Spy specialist Le Carré says he doesn’t want the international Booker prize, but the judges say he can’t opt out.

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.