Latest Espionage News

Chinese citizen pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

Nov. 13, 2019 12:30 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Chinese national employed by a U.S. petroleum company has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing trade secrets from his employer. Authorities say 35-year-old Hongjin Tan pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa to theft of a trade secret,...

Spain says ex-Venezuelan spy chief wanted by US is missing

Nov. 13, 2019 6:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Wednesday they have been unable to locate a Venezuelan former spymaster wanted by the United States for extradition on charges of drug trafficking. Police told The Associated Press that its officers have been unable to find Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal. News website El...

Wynn Resorts wants court to toss ex-salon chief spying claim

Nov. 12, 2019 7:10 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wynn Resorts wants a Nevada judge to dismiss an ex-beauty salon director's lawsuit alleging company executives invaded his privacy and spied on him after he spoke publicly about sexual misconduct allegations against former casino mogul Steve Wynn nearly two years ago. A Dec. 10 hearing has...

German intelligence agencies open new spy school in Berlin

Nov. 12, 2019 1:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A room full of grey suits, strict instructions only to photograph the audience from behind and — of course — a medley of James Bond tunes to lighten the mood. Germany's intelligence agencies on Tuesday inaugurated a joint training center in the heart of Berlin, a city that was...

Pakistan chief of spy agency visits Afghan official in Kabul

Nov. 11, 2019 10:03 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a Pakistani delegation is in Kabul to meet Afghan authorities amid increased tensions. Monday's meeting is the first since the Pakistani Embassy closed its consular section in Kabul earlier this month, citing unspecified security concerns. Afghanistan and...

Friends, family support Twitter employee charged in spy case

Nov. 8, 2019 6:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Family and friends of a former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia call him a dedicated husband and father who has overcome recent mental health struggles, according to letters of support filed to federal court. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen and a media partnership manager...

Latest: Judge orders bail in spy case; prosecutors appeal

Nov. 8, 2019 6:03 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia (all times local): 2:55 p.m. A former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia was ordered released on bond but will remain held at least temporarily because federal prosecutors say they plan to appeal....

Spain court grants US extradition of Venezuela's ex-spy boss

Nov. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — After a surprising court reversal on Friday, a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs is one step closer to being extradited from Spain, The Associated Press has learned. The fate of Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who was for over a decade the eyes...

Austria charges retired colonel with spying for Russia

Nov. 8, 2019 10:16 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian prosecutors have charged a retired colonel in the country's military with spying for Russia. The Austria Press Agency reported that Salzburg prosecutors said Friday the man is suspected of having passed information about weapons systems and other matters to Russian military...

Saudi recruitment of Twitter workers reflects insider risks

Nov. 7, 2019 11:04 PM EST

Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies. The Twitter case adds an alarming international dimension to the longstanding problem of rogue...