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This wanted poster, provided by the German police on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, shows Jan Marsalek, the former 'Wirecard' chief operating officer. German investigators are appealing for the public’s help in tracking down the former chief operating officer of bankrupt payment company Wirecard who is facing allegations of fraud and other charges. Federal police issued a wanted poster for Jan Marsalek, saying the 40-year-old Austrian is suspected to have fled Germany after learning authorities were after him. (BKA via AP)

Report: Fugitive tech boss was Austrian spy agency informant

Oct. 30, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German media report that a fugitive former top executive of payment company Wirecard was an informant for the Austrian spy agency BVT. Jan Marsalek, the former chief operating officer of Wirecard, faces allegations of fraud and other charges in connection with the company's sudden bankruptcy...

Judge: Ex-CIA officer spy case too complex for speedy trial

Oct. 29, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A case against a former CIA officer accused of spying for China is too complex for a trial to happen until at least September 2021, a judge ruled Thursday. Prosecutors asked the judge to declare the case complex against Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a former CIA officer and contract linguist for...

This image made from a 2017 video by The Modern Middle East shows Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a University of Melbourne scholar on the Middle East. 
Australia is seeking information from Iran on reports that the British-Australian academic who was convicted of espionage had been moved at the weekend from a prison to a mystery location, the foreign minister said on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (The Modern Middle East via AP)

Australia asks Iran about report academic moved from prison

Oct. 26, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is seeking information from Iran on reports that a British Australian academic who was convicted of espionage has been moved to a mystery location, the foreign minister said on Monday. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle Eastern studies...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, vehicles for the District of Columbia National Guard are seen outside the D.C. Armory in Washington. A peaceful protest in a sleepy suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes. That's according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. The four spy planes took to the skies over cities in June to monitor protests following the killing of George Floyd. Three watched demonstrations in Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. But the target of the fourth was the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of El Dorado Hills. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Report: Spy plane monitored protest where Guard head lives

Oct. 18, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A peaceful protest in a sleepy and affluent suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among four demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes earlier this year, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The four planes took to the skies over...

UK policeman sickened in Russian poison attack quits job

Oct. 18, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British police officer who was poisoned while investigating the nerve agent attack against a former Russian agent in England two years ago has quit, saying the incident took “so much from me” that he could no longer do the job. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was exposed to...

Official: Turkey holds man suspected of spying for UAE

Oct. 16, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish intelligence has arrested a man suspected of spying on Arab dissidents in Turkey on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, a senior Turkish government official said Friday. The suspect, who has not been identified, allegedly infiltrated expatriate Arab dissident and journalist...

Philippine military says no risk from China-backed towers

Oct. 13, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief said Tuesday there is virtually no risk that towers and communications equipment to be put up in military camps by a China-backed telecom firm can be used for espionage. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said installing the towers and equipment of Dito...

Philippine military says no risk from China-backed towers

Oct. 13, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief said Tuesday there is virtually no risk that towers and communications equipment to be put up in military camps by a China-backed telecom firm can be used for espionage. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said installing the towers and equipment of Dito...

China says it has captured a group of Taiwanese spies

Oct. 12, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China says it has captured people spying for rival Taiwan and cracked a series of espionage cases. Reports by state TV and other outlets Sunday said multiple suspects were detained but gave no numbers or identities for most of them. China and Taiwan split amid a civil war in 1949 and...

The E. Barrett Prettyman United States Court House is seen, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Singapore man sentenced to prison for spying for China in US

Oct. 9, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man from Singapore was sentenced to 14 months in prison Friday for spying by passing to the Chinese government valuable, but unclassified, military and political information that he had duped Americans into giving him. Jun Wei Yeo admitted participating in an elaborate ruse under the...