For many, spying conjures images of anoraked men, secret meetings and briefcases furtively exchanged on park benches. But how does the reality in 21st century Britain compare?

In this week’s episode of The i Podcast, host Molly Blackall is joined by senior reporter Richard Holmes to take a look at the threats the UK’s faces from hostile intelligence services – and why one looms large in the mind of many senior spooks.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has seen it cast of out the structures of global co-operation. It’s now depending ever more on intelligence to get what it wants.

To help us uncover how this takes place, we are joined by Christopher Steele, former MI6 officer, who authored the controversial Steele Dossier about Donald Trump’s alleged links to the Russian state. He helps us uncover what actions Russia is undertaking and why – and how the Chinese threat stacks up.

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