Latest Espionage News

SEAL's lawyer says Navy spied on defense without approval

May. 21, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Military prosecutors seeking the source of news leaks in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of murder misled a judge to get permission to track emails sent to defense lawyers and a journalist, an attorney said Tuesday after reviewing newly released investigation documents. Navy...

Russia: Spy arrests reflect anti-corruption fight

May. 20, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the arrest of three senior officers of Russia's top spy agency reflects a no-holds-barred fight against corruption. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday when asked about the arrests that the Kremlin has coordinated anti-corruption efforts...

China's technology tactics irk its trading partners

May. 20, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — For four decades, Beijing has cajoled or pressured foreign companies to hand over technology. And its trading partners say if that didn't work, China stole what it wanted. Communist leaders deflected demands for change until foreign frustration erupted into a showdown with President Donald...

Ex-CIA officer gets 20 years for spying for China

May. 17, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison on charges that he spied for China and allegations he sought to expose human assets who were once his responsibility. The sentence issued by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in federal court in Alexandria for Kevin...

Huawei hit by US export controls, potential import ban

May. 16, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

In a fateful swipe at telecommunications giant Huawei, the Trump administration issued an executive order Wednesday apparently aimed at banning its equipment from U.S. networks and said it was subjecting the Chinese company to strict export controls. Huawei would be the largest business ever subjected to the...

Defense seeks pause in Navy SEAL case while probing spying

May. 15, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Attorneys for a Navy officer who supervised a SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner demanded prosecutors stop monitoring defense lawyer emails and put the case on hold, according to court documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. Lawyers for Lt. Jacob Portier also...

US wants swift end to Istanbul consulate staff trial

May. 15, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A U.S official has called for the trial of a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate on espionage charges to be resolved "swiftly, transparently and fairly." The trial was adjourned Wednesday until June 28. Metin Topuz, a translator and assistant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, has...

WhatsApp flaw let spies take control with calls alone

May. 14, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

Spyware crafted by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a flaw in the popular WhatsApp communications program to remotely hijack dozens of phones without any user interaction. The Financial Times identified the hacking group as Israel's NSO Group, which has been widely condemned for selling...

British Council confirms arrest of its Iranian staffer

May. 14, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The British Council is confirming that a woman who Iran sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for Britain is an Iranian national employed by the group. A Tuesday statement from the council, a non-political organization that works in education, arts and culture, identified...

APNewsBreak: Defense say Navy SEAL prosecutors spied on them

May. 13, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Military prosecutors in the case of a Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 installed tracking software in emails sent to defense lawyers and a reporter in an attempt to discover who was leaking information to the news media, according to lawyers who...