Latest Espionage News

Russian research assistant arrested for spying in Germany

Jun. 21, 2021 04:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Russian man who worked at a German university has been arrested on suspicion of espionage for allegedly passing information to Russian intelligence, German prosecutors said Monday. The suspect, identified only as Ilnur N., was arrested on Friday, and his...

Australia accused of 'excessive and unnecessary' secrecy

Jun. 20, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s suppression of information seen as pivotal to a free and open media is at the center of accusations that the country has become one of the world’s most secretive democracies. Last week, a former Australian spy was convicted...

Australian spy avoids jail in East Timor espionage scandal

Jun. 18, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian spy was released from court on Friday with a three-month suspended prison sentence over his attempt to help East Timor prove that Australia spied on the fledgling nation during multibillion-dollar oil and gas negotiations. ...

Ex-CIA worker seeks to represent himself at espionage trial

Jun. 15, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA software engineer accused of leaking secrets to WikiLeaks notified a judge Tuesday that he wants to represent himself at an October retrial on espionage charges. Joshua Schulte, 32, plans to proceed on his own behalf, defense attorney...

Ikea fined $1.3 million over spying campaign in France

Jun. 15, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — A French court ordered home furnishings giant Ikea to pay some 1.1 million euros ($1.3 million) in fines and damages Tuesday over a campaign to spy on union representatives, employees and some unhappy customers in France. Two former Ikea France...

Critical entities targeted in suspected Chinese cyber spying

Jun. 15, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A cyberespionage campaign blamed on China was more sweeping than previously known, with suspected state-backed hackers exploiting a device meant to boost internet security to penetrate the computers of critical U.S. entities. The hack of Pulse...

Justice Department to tighten rules on seizing Congress data

Jun. 15, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will tighten its rules around obtaining records from members of Congress, Attorney General Merrick Garland said, amid revelations the department under former President Donald Trump had secretly seized records from Democrats and members of the media. ...

Justice Department to tighten rules on seizing Congress data

Jun. 14, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will tighten its rules around obtaining records from members of Congress, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday, amid revelations the department under former President Donald Trump had secretly seized records from Democrats and members of the...

AP source: Justice Dept secretly subpoenaed McGahn’s records

Jun. 13, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apple informed former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn and his wife that the Justice Department had subpoenaed information about accounts belonging to them in 2018, a person familiar with the matter said Sunday, days after two House lawmakers disclosed they, too, had...

Apple reaffirms privacy stance amid Trump probe revelations

Jun. 11, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Seeking to protect its image as a guardian of personal privacy, Apple maintains it was blindsided and handcuffed by a Trump administration probe that resulted in the company handing over phone data from two Democratic congressmen. Apple...