A digital leak to Al Jazeera of hundreds of secret intelligence documents from the world's spy agencies has offered an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of the shadowy and highly politicised realm of global espionage.
- Israel's Mossad told its allies that Iran was not working to produce nuclear weapons just a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned it was barely a year from being able to do so;
- The CIA made attempts to contact Hamas directly despite the US government listing the Palestinian group as a "terrorist organisation";
- Britain's MI6 sought South African help in an operation to recruit a North Korean official who had previously refused their cash; and
- South African and Ethiopian spies struggled to "neutralise" an assassination plot targeting a leading African diplomat.