Latest Espionage News

Couple in submarine spy case to remain held; hearing set

Oct. 12, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Maryland couple charged in a plot to sell sensitive U.S. submarine secrets to a foreign government will remain behind bars for now, a judge said Tuesday in granting a detention request from prosecutors. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe each made brief...

Iran arrests 10 it says spied for foreign intel agencies

Oct. 12, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has arrested 10 people in a southern province it says are linked to foreign intelligence services, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. The report said Iran's intelligence agency arrested the 10 after “sophisticated and...

Prosecutors seek detention in Navy submarine espionage case

Oct. 11, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors asked Monday that a Navy engineer remain locked up as they press forward with charges that he tried to sell submarine secrets to a foreign country. The detention memo for Jonathan Toebbe was filed ahead of an expected appearance in...

Navy nuclear engineer charged with trying to pass secrets

Oct. 10, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but who turned out to be an undercover FBI...

Turkish court rules to keep leading philanthropist in jail

Oct. 08, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday again ruled to keep a leading Turkish philanthropist in jail in defiance of repeated calls by Europe’s top human rights organization and its judiciary arm for his release. Businessman and civil rights activist Osman...

Court lifts secrecy in alleged Australian espionage trial

Oct. 06, 2021 05:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A court agreed Wednesday to lift a shroud of secrecy from the trial of a spy's lawyer that could potentially confirm that Australia bugged East Timor's government during multibillion-dollar oil and gas negotiations. The Australian government...

Hungary: EU delegation raises questions about spyware use

Oct. 01, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A lack of answers from Hungary's government about alleged spying on journalists, politicians and business figures has raised questions for a fact-finding committee of the European Union's legislature on whether the government itself may be behind the surveillance. ...

Germany probes Turk over alleged spying on Gulen supporters

Oct. 01, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Friday that they are investigating a Turkish man who was arrested in Dusseldorf on suspicion that he spied on supporters of cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement while acting on behalf of Turkish intelligence. The suspect, identified...

UK coroner asks for public inquiry into Novichok poisonings

Sep. 22, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A coroner presiding over an inquest into the death of British woman who was poisoned by a Soviet-developed nerve agent after an attack targeting a Russian ex-spy said Wednesday that she wants the probe to be turned into a public inquiry so she can examine Russia's possible...

UK police charge 3rd Russian in 2018 poisoning of ex-spy

Sep. 21, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police said Tuesday they are charging a third Russian suspect, a member of the country's military intelligence service, in the 2018 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England. Prosecutors believe there is sufficient evidence to charge...