• Keira Knightley on playing whistleblower Katharine Gun: ‘Iraq was the first time I’d been politically engaged’
It is not often that a person’s character is revealed in two sentences. But it is tempting to believe that is the case with Katharine Gun.
In 2003, Gun was working as a translator of Mandarin at the government intelligence agency, Gchq, in Cheltenham. She was 27. The country, at the time, was being drummed into war by the Blair government, desperate to achieve the United Nations’ sanction for the imminent American-led invasion of Iraq. In January that year, Katharine Gun was copied into a classified memo sent to Gchq by a senior figure in the Nsa, its Us equivalent. The memo was a top-secret request to monitor the