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Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange take part in a protest outside the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The London court hearing on Assange's extradition from Britain to the United States resumed Monday after a COVID-19 test on one of the participating lawyers came back negative, WikiLeaks said Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Lawyer says Assange charged under broad, contentious US law

Sep. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An American constitutional law expert said Thursday that the United States indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under an “extraordinarily broad” spying law that has been used in the past for politically motivated prosecutions. Speaking during Assange's extradition hearing...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Independent experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body have issued a scathing, in-depth report finding the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responsible for crimes against humanity. The report commissioned last year by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council said the alleged crimes include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture. The findings issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 were based on nearly 3,000 cases, interviews and other evidence. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

US denies sending American accused of spying in Venezuela

Sep. 16, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Wednesday rejected claims that the government sent an American citizen to Venezuela where he’s been charged with plotting terrorist attacks and labeled a spy. Venezuelan authorities say they captured a man identified as Matthew John Heath with a...

Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab holds a photo of bullets he says were seized with other weapons in connection with what the government calls a failed attack over the weekend aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro, during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

Sep. 14, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest. The man, alleged to have CIA ties, had...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 on Maduro, saying he deserves no praise for releasing a few political prisoners ahead of a congressional election when many more remain unjustly jailed. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuelan president says US spy captured near refineries

Sep. 11, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro said Friday that Venezuelan authorities captured a U.S. spy targeting a pair of refineries on the north Caribbean coast as this nation once wealthy from oil is gripped by a deep gasoline shortage. The spy, Maduro alleged, was a Marine who had served...

Turkey: Journalists convicted over reports on spy's funeral

Sep. 9, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted five journalists over their reports on the funeral of an intelligence officer who was killed in Libya and sentenced them to more than three years in prison, state-run media reported. But all have been released from custody pending the appeals...

FILE -- In this Jan. 16, 2017 file photo, Richard Ratcliffe husband of imprisoned British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses during an Amnesty International led vigil outside the Iranian Embassy in London. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, Iran's state TV, citing unnamed official, said Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces a new charge but did not elaborate. Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been released from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic after serving nearly all of her five-year sentence. She was arrested during a holiday with her toddler daughter in April 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Iranian TV: British Iranian dual national faces new charge

Sep. 8, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British Iranian dual national held in Tehran in an internationally criticized espionage case faces a new charge, Iranian state television announced Tuesday, raising fears she could be forced to return to prison following her temporary release. The report, citing an unnamed official,...

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange take part in a protest outside the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey in London, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the U.S. government were squaring off in a London court on Monday at a high-stakes extradition case delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. American prosecutors have indicted the 49-year-old Australian on 18 espionage and computer misuse charges over the WikiLeaks publication of secret U.S. military documents a decade ago. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK judge rejects bid to delay Assange extradition hearing

Sep. 7, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Monday rejected a request by lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to delay his extradition hearing until next year to give his lawyers more time to respond to U.S. allegations that he conspired with hackers to obtain classified information. The adjournment request...

FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, people walk in the front of the Credit Suisse bank at the tram stop Paradeplatz in the square's centre in Zurich, Switzerland. Switzerland's financial market oversight body said Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 that it has opened “enforcement proceedings” against Credit Suisse in the wake of a spying scandal that has marred the image of the elite bank. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, File)

Swiss authority opens case against Credit Suisse over spying

Sep. 2, 2020 2:28 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's financial market oversight body said Wednesday that it has opened “enforcement proceedings” against Credit Suisse in the wake of a spying scandal that has marred the image of the bank. The move by FINMA, the Swiss market supervisory authority, comes after an...

Russia expels Norwegian diplomat, blasts 'destructive line'

Aug. 28, 2020 6:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of a Norwegian diplomat in response to a similar move by Norway last week. On Friday, the ministry summoned Norway's ambassador to Russia, Rune Resaland, who was told that one of the embassy's diplomats had been declared persona non grata and...

This booking photo provided by the Alexandria, Va, Sheriff's Office, shows Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins. A federal magistrate judge in Virginia has refused to free the former Army Green Beret who was arrested last week on a charge that he divulged U.S. military secrets to Russian intelligence agents. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Anderson agreed Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 with federal prosecutors that Debbins, 45, poses a risk to flee if he is released from custody before trial. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge refuses to free ex-Green Beret accused of espionage

Aug. 27, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal magistrate judge in Virginia refused Thursday to free a former Army Green Beret who was arrested last week on a charge that he divulged U.S. military secrets to Russian intelligence agents. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Anderson agreed with federal prosecutors that Peter...