Latest Espionage News

UN court rejects Pakistan's argument in Indian spy case

Jul. 17, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court ordered Pakistan on Wednesday to stay the execution of an alleged Indian spy and undertake a full review of his case, after agreeing with India's contention the man's rights had been violated in a case that has been a source of friction...

Iran spy TV show glorifies hard-liners imprisoning reporter

Jul. 14, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Farsi caption has unfurled across the black screen of a channel of Iranian state television every night for days now, promising viewers that what they are about to witness is "based on a real case." But the slick graphics, chase scenes and gunfights of "Gando" serve a far different...

Software engineer accused of taking trade secrets to China

Jul. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A software engineer is accused of stealing trade secrets from the Illinois locomotive company he once worked for and taking the information with him to China, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The Justice Department unsealed an indictment charging Xudong Yao, also known as William Yao,...

Yemen's rebels sentence 30 to death on espionage charges

Jul. 9, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni lawyer says a rebel-controlled court has sentenced 30 people to death on charges they committed espionage for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels. Abdel-Majeed Sabra says the criminal court in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday acquitted six others in the case, which dates...

Australian student released by N. Korea denies being a spy

Jul. 9, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian student who was held in North Korea for a week and then deported denied being a spy on Tuesday and expressed sorrow that he won't be able to return to finish his graduate studies at Kim Il Sung University. North Korea said on Saturday that it detained Alek Sigley because he had...

Canada civil liberties group says gov't spied on activists

Jul. 8, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association released thousands of pages of heavily redacted documents Monday purportedly showing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service illegally monitored groups opposing a pipeline project. The association said the agency...

Mystery of NSA leak lingers as stolen document case winds up

Jul. 6, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents descended on the suburban Maryland house with the flash and bang of a stun grenade, blocked off the street and spent hours questioning the homeowner about a theft of government documents that prosecutors would later describe as "breathtaking" in its scale. The suspect,...

North Korea says released Australian student was spying

Jul. 6, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that an Australian student who it detained for a week had spread anti-Pyongyang propaganda and engaged in spying by providing photos and other materials to news outlets with critical views toward the North. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency,...

Poland convicts former gov't employee of spying for Russia

Jul. 5, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish court has convicted a former government employee on charges of spying for Russia and sentenced him to three years in prison. The man identified only as Marek W. was arrested in early 2018 on charges of passing classified information on the energy sector to the Russian...

Ex-Venezuela spy chief says Maduro ordered illegal arrests

Jul. 4, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cruising around Caracas in a convoy with five cellphones full of valuable contacts, Gen. Manuel Cristopher Figuera displayed trappings that befitted his reputation as a loyal soldier who rose from an upbringing in a dirt-floored hut to become Venezuela's spy chief. But as President...