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Judge orders ex-CIA officer detained in China spy case

Aug. 27, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former CIA officer and contract linguist for the FBI accused of selling U.S. secrets to China must remain locked up because he's a “serious flight risk” in a case involving “espionage over many, many years,” a federal judge ruled Thursday. Alexander Yuk Ching...

FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Ex-CIA chief Brennan interviewed in Russia probe review

Aug. 21, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan was interviewed Friday by U.S. Attorney John Durham's team as part of its inquiry into the investigators and intelligence officials behind the 2016 Russia election interference probe. The interview took place at CIA headquarters and lasted for eight hours,...

Ex-CIA officer in spy case called 'extreme flight risk'

Aug. 20, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former CIA officer and contract linguist for the FBI accused of giving China classified information must remain detained because the trained spy is an “extreme flight risk,” U.S. prosecutors said. Alexander Yuk Ching Ma was scheduled for a detention hearing Thursday. But...

Prosecutor seeks no bail for ex-CIA officer in spying case

Aug. 18, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. prosecutors are asking that a former CIA officer and contract linguist for the FBI be held without bail on charges of spying for China. Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, had his first court hearing Tuesday, appearing by phone from the Honolulu Federal Detention Center. He was arrested last...

Former CIA officer charged with giving China classified info

Aug. 17, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA officer and contract linguist for the FBI has been charged with spying for China, including by disclosing tradecraft and information on sources to Chinese intelligence officers who had co-opted him, according to documents unsealed Monday. Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, was...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

Aug. 14, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer plans to plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, his lawyer said Friday. Kevin Clinesmith is accused of altering a...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Barr is scheduled to appear for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 28.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Barr able to put his stamp on executive power as Trump's AG

Jul. 27, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gathered in the small assembly hall in Little Rock, Arkansas, their chairs spaced 6 feet (1.83 meters) apart, the business leaders listen admiringly to the nation’s chief law enforcement official. They ask Attorney General William Barr about elder fraud. They ask about the...