Latest Espionage News

US still seeks to extradite ex-Venezuelan spy master

Sep. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it is exploring ways to extradite a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling, even after Spain's National Court rejected a U.S. extradition request. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba and Venezuela Carrie Filipetti said...

Spanish court publishes ruling on Venezuelan ex-spy chief

Sep. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court says it rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges because the charges lacked detail and accepted the defense's claim that it was politically motivated. The court's ruling released...

Iran acknowledges holding 3 Australians on spying charges

Sep. 17, 2019 5:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has acknowledged for the first time that it holds three Australian nationals on suspicion of spying, marking the latest cases of those with Western ties being detained in the Islamic Republic amid tensions between Tehran and the U.S. The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted...

Lawyers say leaks prosecution violates freedom of the press

Sep. 16, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns to a reporter say the case should be dismissed because the law is being used to suppress freedom of the press. Daniel Hale of Nashville, Tennessee, is charged in federal court...

Husband-wife researchers charged with stealing trade secrets

Sep. 16, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities have announced trade secret theft charges against husband-and-wife researchers who worked for 10 years at an Ohio children's hospital research institute. A grand jury indictment handed down in July and unsealed Monday accuses the couple of stealing cellular...

Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Sep. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a...

Snowden tells life story and why he leaked in new memoir

Sep. 13, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time. Snowden, who now lives in Russia to avoid...

Russian spy case provides test for news outlets

Sep. 12, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He may be A spy. But is he THE spy? That's the question bedeviling news organizations reporting on a story about the U.S. extracting a Russian official who provided information about Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential election. CNN on Monday revealed the secret mission to remove...

Lawmakers call for release of US man jailed as spy in Russia

Sep. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan security executive who has been detained in Russia on espionage charges since December is being held without cause as his health deteriorates under tough conditions, members of Congress said Thursday as they demanded his release. A Russian court has repeatedly extended Paul...

Egypt sentences 11 Islamist leaders to life for spying

Sep. 11, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to life in prison on espionage charges for allegedly passing state secrets to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Among those sentenced in Cairo criminal court was the outlawed Brotherhood's chief, Mohammed Badie. It was the...