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Matthew Dunn
Matthew Dunn was a former MI6 officer who worked in hostile locations around the world. He is the author of the espionage novels The Spy House, Dark Spies, Slingshot, Sentinel and Spycatcher (all published by William Morrow). For more information visit matthewdunnbooks. You can also find Matthew on Twitter @MatthewHDunn and on Facebook at

Entries by Matthew Dunn

Russia Is a Bigger Threat Than Terrorism

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 8:28 PM

The Ukraine crisis has not been difficult to follow. Like a childish kleptomaniac, Russian president Putin appears to have adopted a four-step land-grab strategy: Arm Russian-speaking rebels with guns and supplies and training, support them with disguised Russian GRU military intelligence and Spetsnaz special forces operatives, act indignant when the...

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The CIA Must Remain a Secret Agency

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 2:51 AM

As a former British MI6 field operative who worked hand-in-glove with incredibly brave CIA officers, I don't understand why the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favor of the Democrat initiative to make public its findings on alleged CIA torture on terrorist suspects. Nor do I understand why president Obama...

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PRISM: An International Relations Disaster?

(12) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 7:40 PM

Across the pond, our European press has kept us fully appraised on all known developments in the increasingly weird Edward Snowden road-show and the serious ramifications of his disclosure about PRISM. Europeans know that Americans are being comprehensively spied on by the U.S. government; that National Intelligence Director James Clapper...

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What Don't We Know About Edward Snowden?

(61) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 5:44 PM

While most people's eyes are locked on the massive ramifications of former NSA officer Edward Snowden's disclosure of the agency's Prism program, a group of intelligence and counter-espionage officials will be looking at Snowden himself and asking themselves, "What really makes this guy tick, and why has he done this?"

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The Precarious State of Our Civil Liberties

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 12:52 PM

If anyone was starting to feel that the power of print media was diminishing and overshadowed by lightning-quick online posts, one only has to look at what happened this week to see that print media can still pack an almighty punch. A one-page article in Britain's Guardian newspaper exposed the...

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Can We Stop the Lone Wolf Terrorist?

(22) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 3:49 PM

Within a six week period, the West has been victim to three violent attacks: the Boston Marathon bombings, the savage attack on a soldier in London's Woolwich district, and the seemingly copycat knife attack on a French soldier in Paris. Suspects are being held in custody for all three attacks...

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Should Boston Have Been Shut Down?

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 7:35 PM

Combating terrorism is now more complex than ever. Groups such as al-Qaeda have been significantly damaged and partially dismantled to the extent that it is unlikely they could ever conduct an attack like 9/11 again, but one of the results of the so-called war on terror has been that organized...

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How to Catch Suspected Bombers

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 3:55 PM

As a former British MI6 counterterrorism officer who worked for many years in hostile locations around the world, I know from firsthand experience the challenges the FBI and its partners are facing in identifying and capturing the people who detonated bombs at Monday's Boston marathon.

Prior to the dramatic...

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