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Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic...

RCMP official arrested after FBI, RCMP found documents

Sep. 17, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday the national force was working with the FBI on an investigation last year when it discovered documents that eventually led to the arrest of one of its senior intelligence officers. Authorities arrested Cameron Jay Ortis last week and...

Lawyers say leaks prosecution violates freedom of the press

Sep. 16, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns to a reporter say the case should be dismissed because the law is being used to suppress freedom of the press. Daniel Hale of Nashville, Tennessee, is charged in federal court...

Arrested official had access to intel from Canada's allies

Sep. 16, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force said Monday the national police force has been "shaken" by the arrest of one of its senior intelligence officers and said he had access to information from Canada's allies. Authorities arrested Cameron Jay Ortis last week and alleged he...

Snowden calls on France's Macron to grant him asylum

Sep. 16, 2019 4:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum. Snowden, now living in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States, stressed in...

Mounties lay secrets-law charges against top RCMP official

Sep. 13, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's national police announced Friday it has arrested a senior intelligence official in its own force on charges of breaching Canada's secrets law. Authorities alleged Cameron Jay Ortis tried to disclose classified information to a foreign entity. They didn't say to whom. Ortis...

US: Ex-deputy attorney general shouldn't defend Huawei

Sep. 4, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to disqualify a former deputy attorney general as the lead defense lawyer in the bank fraud case against Chinese electronics giant Huawei. Prosecutors argued at a hearing in Brooklyn federal court that James Cole should be removed because he had...

Trump says he had the right to tweet Iran satellite photo

Aug. 30, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he had "the absolute right" to tweet a photo of an apparent explosion at an Iranian space center. Trump was asked Friday if he had released classified information by posting the photo on Twitter. He says, "We had a photo and I released it, which I have the...

Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos

Aug. 30, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump, the Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday. The watchdog office said Comey broke bureau rules by giving one memo containing...

Australian spy charged with bugging leak denied legal aid

Aug. 29, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian spy charged with conspiring to reveal classified information about an allegation that Australia bugged East Timor's government during negotiations over the sharing of billions of dollars in oil and gas had been denied legal aid and might not be able to...