Latest Espionage News

Spy agencies urged to fix open secret: A lack of diversity

May. 19, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The peril that National Security Agency staff wanted to discuss with their director didn’t involve terrorists or enemy nations. It was something closer to home: racism and cultural misunderstandings inside America’s largest intelligence service. The NSA and...

German intel chief says espionage at Cold War levels

May. 19, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service said Thursday that levels of espionage are as high as during the Cold War, or even higher. Thomas Haldenwang, president of the BfV intelligence agency, also warned of the increased risk of sabotage against the...

Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge

May. 18, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican cardinal testified Wednesday that Pope Francis himself ordered the ouster of the Holy See’s auditor-general, turning the tables on a scandal that had sparked questions about the Vatican’s commitment to financial transparency and accountability. ...

Australia says Chinese spy ship has been hugging west coast

May. 13, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's defense minister said Friday that a Chinese warship with spying capabilities had been hugging the nation's western coastline in what amounted to an “aggressive act.” Minister Peter Dutton said the ship was sighted Friday morning heading...

14-year sentence for engineer in China trade secrets case

May. 09, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A chemical engineer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison over what prosecutors say was a scheme to steal trade secrets about materials used in cans for soda and other drinks to benefit the Chinese government and a Chinese company. According to the U.S....

Catalan: Spain spy chief admits legally hacking some phones

May. 05, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A leading Catalan separatist politician said Thursday that Spain's top intelligence official acknowledged that her agency had hacked into the cellphones of “some” of the dozens of politicians reported to be targeted by spyware but she said it had proper judicial...

2 S Koreans arrested for spying for N Korea, paid in crypto

Apr. 28, 2022 07:49 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean army captain and a businessman have been arrested and indicted for allegedly stealing military secrets under the direction of a North Korean spy who lured them with cryptocurrency, Seoul officials said Thursday. Both have been formally...

Poland arrests Russian and Belarusian for alleged spying

Apr. 27, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Russian man and a Belarusian man have been arrested in Poland for three months on allegations of spying for Russia’s special services, security authorities in Poland said Wednesday. Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Poland’s state security bodies, said...

Sweden charges man with spying on military installations

Apr. 22, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man was charged Friday with spying on 13 military installations in Sweden — gaining information that “make it possible to map military infrastructure of great importance for national defense,” a prosecutor said. The 51-year-old, whose name and citizenship...

Judge sends Assange extradition decision to UK government

Apr. 20, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Wednesday formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges. The case will now go to Britain’s interior minister for a decision, though the WikiLeaks founder still has legal avenues of appeal. The...