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UK Opens Inquiry in Death of Poisoned Ex-KGB Spy

Alexander Litvinenko's widow 'delighted;' more bad news for Russia

(Newser) - The widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has been pressing the UK government for nearly eight years to investigate his death. Today, Marina Litvinenko got her wish: Home Secretary Theresa May announced that London is opening an official inquiry into whether Russia was behind her husband’s fatal poisoning... More »

Death of UK Spy Found in Gym Bag 'Probably an Accident'

Police think Gareth Williams was alone

(Newser) - The MI6 spy whose naked body was found inside a zipped, padlocked gym bag probably died ... by accident, UK police have decided. The coroner said last year Gareth Williams was probably killed by someone else in a criminal act, but now the Metropolitan Police have completed an evidence review and... More »

US, UK Knew Iraq Had No WMDs: Report

New report alleges that MI6, CIA ignored vital intel

(Newser) - Days before the September 2002 dossier on Iraqi weapons that Tony Blair used to justify sending British troops to join the US in Iraq, an MI6 officer met with Iraq's head of intelligence and was told that Saddam Hussein had no active weapons of mass destruction, according to an... More »

Dead Spy Locked Himself in Sports Bag: Police

Scotland Yard investigation concludes what inquest rejected

(Newser) - Scotland Yard has concluded that MI6 Codebreaker Gareth Williams probably locked himself inside the duffel bag he was found dead in, sources close to the inquiry tell the Telegraph . Police re-opened the case after the coroner ruled that a third party had likely been involved —possibly even one of... More »

Poisoned Brit Dished China Intel to MI6

Neil Heywood relayed information about Bo Xilai and his family

(Newser) - Neil Heywood, the businessman who Bo Xilai's wife was convicted of poisoning , fancied himself a spy—complete with 007 on his license plate and a job working for a dealer of the James Bond-favored Aston Martin. In reality, he actually had spy connections, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds.... More »

Iran Atomic Energy Boss: We Lie to Trick Spies

He says Tehran gives out fake information about strengths and weaknesses

(Newser) - Iran's head of atomic energy says the country has deliberately provided "false information" in an effort to trick spies. Fereydoon Abbasi told the Al Hayat website that "in order to protect our nuclear position and our achievements ... there is no other choice but to mislead foreign intelligence,... More »

Romney Blabs About Secret MI6 Meeting


(Newser) - I say there, old bean, that's not quite the way it's done. Mitt Romney put his foot in his mouth again across the pond. After irking the Brits with some comments about Olympic preparations yesterday, he also "blabbed" about a meeting with the head of British intelligence... More »

Bomb-Plot Busting Double-Agent Is British

CIA not happy about this leak

(Newser) - Another tantalizing—and potentially damaging—tidbit has leaked about the double-agent who foiled an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula underwear bomb plot. The agent is of Saudi descent but lived for years in Britain, where he spent some time with jihadist sympathizers and acquired a British passport, sources tell CNN... More »

Police Check MI6 Agents' DNA in Dead Spy Probe

They think a coworker was in Williams' flat

(Newser) - London Metropolitan Police suspect that one of Gareth Williams' MI6 co-workers was in his apartment the night he died, and they want DNA samples from 50 of them to test that theory, the Telegraph reports. Weak traces of DNA from at least two people have been found in the flat,... More »

UK Spy's Death Likely Unsolvable: Coroner

She speculates that MI6 itself may have killed Gareth Williams

(Newser) - A UK coroner has concluded that Gareth Williams probably didn't lock himself in the sports bag his body was found in, meaning his death was "on the balance of probabilities" unlawful, but says she's otherwise stumped as to how the MI6 code-breaker died. Dr. Fiona Wilcox issued... More »

DNA Found on Bag Spy's Body Was Stuffed In

Inquest reveals new evidence in spy's seemingly kinky death

(Newser) - Police investigators found tiny traces of another person's DNA on the zipper and lock of the sports bag that MI6 spy Gareth Williams was found dead in , a detective told the inquest investigating Williams' death today. "My thought or opinion since I went into the scene is that... More »

MI-5 to Put All 4K Agents on Olympic Watch

Called biggest security operation in England since WWII

(Newser) - The London Olympics looks to be the biggest security operation in England since World War II, with nearly all 3,800 of Britain's MI-5 agents staff mobilized in the capital against potential terrorist attacks, reports the Independent . With 540,000 people and 120 heads of state expected to attend... More »

British PM Seeks Libya Rendition Probe

Cameron seeks 'to remove any stain on Britain's reputation'

(Newser) - British Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants an investigation into reports that MI6 helped deliver a terror suspect and his family to Libya , where they were likely tortured, the BBC reports. An ongoing inquiry into British involvement in torture has agreed to look into it. British lawmaker Jack Straw,... More »

Brits Attacked al-Qaeda Using ... Cupcake Recipe

Instead of recipe for pipe bombs, would-be terrorists get sweet surprise

(Newser) - The latest weapon of choice against al-Qaeda: the Mojito Cupcake. No, seriously. British intelligence hacked into an online English-language magazine designed to recruit lone-wolfs to the terror organization, after which any prospects who downloaded the 67-page copy of "Inspire" saw only computer code where the oh-so-helpful article "Make... More »

What the CIA Is Doing in Libya

Obama secretly authorized spies to arm rebels

(Newser) - CIA and British MI6 agents are on the ground in Libya , working covertly to help the rebels defeat Moammar Gadhafi’s forces—and they've been there for weeks, reports the New York Times . Spies from both countries have been scouting the locations of military targets like munitions depots for coalition... More »

British Brought in Taliban Impostor: Karzai Aide

UK intelligence paid fake senior insurgent

(Newser) - British officials are at fault for bringing a Taliban impostor to Afghanistan’s presidential palace to meet Hamid Karzai, the president’s chief of staff tells the Washington Post . An Afghan at the meeting knew the man wasn’t top Taliban figure Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour; foreigners shouldn’t be... More »

Police Believe Dead Spy Killed in Sex Game

Toxicology report comes up empty for MI6 agent found in bag

(Newser) - Police have hit a dead end in the strange case of Gareth Williams, the MI6 codebreaker whose naked, decomposing body was found inside a locked sports bag in his bathroom. Toxicology reports have revealed no trace of drugs, alcohol or poison, sources tell the Daily Telegraph , and since there’s... More »

Brit Spies Used Semen as Invisible Ink

Intelligence chief 'delighted' by discovery

(Newser) - More from the secret world of Britain's MI6: The spy agency apparently used semen as invisible ink during World War I. A new history claims that Chief Mansfield Cumming advised an intelligence officer that the substance makes "the best invisible ink," notes the Telegraph . Another staff member recalls... More »

MI6 History Reveals Real James Bond

Author reveals Ian Fleming's inspiration

(Newser) - An author given license to go through MI6's pre-1949 files says he's uncovered a few real-life inspirations for James Bond in the British spy agency's history, including the most likely devil-may care candidate. Commander Wilfred Dunderdale, "had a penchant for pretty women and fast cars" while heading up the... More »

Mystery Duo Sought in Spy Murder

Code-breaker likely victim of professional hit, cops believe

(Newser) - Police are now seeking a mysterious "Mediterranean" couple who may be connected to the murdered British spy who was found naked and wrapped in a padlocked gym bag in an empty bathtub of his London home. Gareth Williams, 31, was likely the victim of a professional hit for reasons... More »

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