Latest Espionage News

Convicted Estonian official in NATO spy scandal released

Dec. 5, 2019 8:07 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — An Estonian court has decided to release on parole a former security official who was found guilty of treason for passing on top NATO secrets to Russia in a case widely considered to be one of the worst spy scandals within the military bloc. The Tartu County Court said Thursday that Herman...

Australia says China’s treatment of writer is ‘unacceptable’

Dec. 2, 2019 4:46 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister on Monday described as “unacceptable” the daily interrogation of a shackled Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing since January on suspicion of espionage. Yang Hengjun was taken into custody upon arriving in southern...

Party like a spy: Spookstock is intel world’s hush-hush bash

Nov. 29, 2019 9:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime earlier this year, one of the most elite social events in Washington took place, but without any fanfare or news coverage. It drew about 1,800 attendees and Grammy-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz performed. Yet there were no written invitations, and the actual date and location were...

Cyprus: Independent investigator to assist ‘spy van’ probe

Nov. 28, 2019 7:20 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ attorney general on Thursday appointed an independent criminal investigator to assist police in their investigation of a surveillance van that’s owned by a company whose Israeli chief executive is a former intelligence officer. Attorney-General Costas Clerides...

US: American jailed in Russia should be freed, not swapped

Nov. 27, 2019 1:22 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow says it won’t be looking for a prisoner swap with Russia for an American jailed on spying charges. Instead, it said Wednesday that Paul Whelan should be released immediately as there is no evidence against him. Last week, Whelan’s lawyer urged the U.S....

California man tells court he served as agent for China

Nov. 25, 2019 8:13 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A former San Francisco Bay Area tour operator agreed Monday to plead guilty to serving as an unregistered agent for China in exchange for a possible reduced prison sentence. Xuehua Edward Peng agreed in court to a four-year prison term and a fine of $30,000 in a plea deal negotiated...

Australia investigates China plot to plant spy in Parliament

Nov. 25, 2019 6:56 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday that allegations of a Chinese plot to plant an agent into Australia’s Parliament are “deeply disturbing and troubling.” The Nine Network on Sunday aired explosive accusations that suspected Chinese operatives...

China says self-confessed spy defector is fraudster

Nov. 24, 2019 2:55 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — China denied the explosive claims of a self-confessed spy seeking asylum in Australia, saying Sunday he is a convicted fraudster wanted by Shanghai police. The Nine Network newspapers reported that Chinese defector Wang “William” Liqiang has given Australia’s...

Self-confessed Chinese spy spills secrets in Australia

Nov. 23, 2019 5:19 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A self-confessed Chinese spy has given Australia's counterespionage agency inside intelligence on how Beijing conducts its interference operations abroad and revealed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong, media reported. Australian...

Ex-CIA officer gets 19 years in China spy conspiracy

Nov. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA case agent was sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday for an espionage conspiracy in which prosecutors say he received more than $840,000 from China to divulge the names of human sources and his knowledge of spycraft. The sentence imposed on Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 55, was...