Latest Espionage News

Chinese national sentenced to prison for trade secrets theft

Feb. 28, 2020 10:10 AM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Chinese national who admitted stealing trade secrets from a U.S. petroleum company has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. Hongjin Tan, 36, pleaded guilty in November to theft of a trade secret in connection to his work as a scientist at a Phillips 66 research facility in...

Supporters of Julian Assange hold placards as they protest on the second day of a week of opening arguments for the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. U.S. authorities, want to try Assange on espionage charges. A lawyer for the Americans said the Australian computer expert was an “ordinary” criminal whose publication of hundreds of thousands of secret military documents put many people at risk of torture and death. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Judge refuses to let Assange leave secure dock in courtroom

Feb. 27, 2020 12:39 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British judge refused Thursday to let WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange move from a glass-enclosed dock and sit with his lawyers during a London court hearing on whether he should be extradited to the United States. Assange complained of struggling to hear and concentrate during the first...

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, right, listens to debate in Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Dutton says China is not solely to blame for the foreign interference that a spymaster reports has reached unprecedented levels in Australia. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Australia spy says interference poses unprecedented threat

Feb. 25, 2020 1:08 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia faces an unprecedented threat from espionage and foreign interference but bans on such covert meddling are paying dividends, an Australian spymaster said. Security Intelligence Organization Director-General Mike Burgess did not identify the countries behind the threats...

This is a court artist sketch of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the dock reading his papers as he appears at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court for his extradition hearing, in London, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.  (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks' Assange

Feb. 24, 2020 2:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court. A lawyer for the U.S. authorities, who want to try Assange on espionage charges,...

A demonstrator supporting Julian Assange wears a mask and chains outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Assange is scheduled to be presented before the court by videolink, for a case management hearing ahead of his full extradition trial which begins on Feb. 24. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

US to lay out case against Assange at extradition hearing

Feb. 23, 2020 9:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents. A judge at Woolwich Crown Court will begin hearing arguments from...

Mexico scientist accused as Russian spy held without bail

Feb. 21, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Mexican scientist accused of spying for Russia in Miami will be detained without bail for now, a federal judge decided Friday. The temporary public defender for 35-year-old Hector Cabrera Fuentes said he agreed to remain in jail while his family works to hire a private lawyer. “If...

FILE - In this July 18, 2019 file photo Benjamin Glassman, the former United States Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio, speaks during a news conference in Cincinnati. Squire Patton Boggs announced Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, that Glassman, who recently resigned, will be joining the global law firm as a partner. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Former US attorney joins global law firm

Feb. 20, 2020 2:36 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A global law firm announced Thursday it has hired another prominent former federal official from southwest Ohio. Squire Patton Boggs said Benjamin Glassman will work out of its Cincinnati and Columbus offices as a partner in its government investigations and white collar practice group. ...

Scientist nabbed for Russia spying is Mexico hometown hero

Feb. 19, 2020 6:38 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican microbiologist accused of spying for Russia in Miami is considered a benefactor in his native state of Oaxaca, the mayor of his hometown said Wednesday, and he holds positions with at least two prominent universities. Mayor Hazael Matus said scientist Hector Alejandro Cabrera,...

Demonstrators hold a caricature of President Donald Trump with a tattered U.S. flag in front of Azadi (Freedom) monument tower during a rally celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at Azadi (Freedom) Street, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Hundreds of thousands across Iran mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid some of the highest tensions with Washington in decades while Iran's president denounces America and urges the crowds to vote in parliamentary elections this month. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Feb. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said...

Firm loses compensation claim vs. Norway for spy recruitment

Feb. 18, 2020 8:39 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian concrete company on Tuesday lost its compensation case against its home country, claiming it suffered financial losses after Norway's intelligence services tried to recruit two of its employees working in Russia. The Oslo District Court ruled that “there is no...