Security service MI5 is teaming up with an unlikely partner to help find spies of the future - the children's television show Blue Peter.Read the full story ›
A group of al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning "mass casualty attacks" against the West, the head of MI5 has warned.Read the full story ›
The UK did request that parts of the Senate report into the CIA be redacted. Elements which referred to British intelligence agencies were deleted, Downing Street has confirmed the Guardian reports.
Number 10 had previously said that they only deleted items were due to national security concerns.
The U-turn will fuel speculation over how much the part US allies played in some aspects has been sanitised.
Spies are to be given a "licence to speed" for the first time, under changes to motoring laws.
Officers in MI5 and MI6 currently have to abide by the rules of the road even when national security is under threat.
But transport minister Robert Goodwill is to hand them the same exemptions as police, fire and ambulance drivers.
They will be able to break the speed limit once they have completed a training course in high-speed driving.
Vehicles used to carry organs for transplant, bomb disposal units, and mountain rescue teams are also set to be added to the list.
Working at MI6 is not like James Bond, one of the security chiefs told MPs that operatives are given far more supervision.
"The idea of sending an agent off into the field like James Bond, then he comes back two months later and reports... that doesn't work that way," Sir John Sawers, chief of MI6, said. "Our people in the field will have constant communication with us."
Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said that security chiefs speaking to MPs in public today was "an historic occasion" that will be repeated.
The Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee added that he believed those involved were glad of the chance to speak publicly.
He said: "Many of them have been upset at the accusations that they have been doing something improper or doing something unreasonable to their fellow citizens.
"I suspect they were pleased to have the opportunity in public to speak about the work their own staff do and how important it is to the national interest."
Britain's enemies are "rubbing their hands with glee" over whistleblower Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, the MI6 chief said.Read the full story ›
Just out of spy chiefs session. Felt key line the attack on Snowden leaks that Al Qaeda would be lapping up, enemies rubbing hands with glee
Spy chiefs clear they believe Snowden leaks & media coverage of it caused damage to their operations. Terrorists now changing communications
MI6 chief Sir John Sawers said the leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "have been damaging and put operations at risk."
Al-Qaeda is "lapping up" the leaks and Britain's enemies are rubbing their hands with glee, the British intelligence chief added.