Latest Government surveillance News

Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

Dec. 8, 2019 3:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document...

New Yorker gets 40 years in prison for supporting Hezbollah

Dec. 3, 2019 6:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Yorker convicted of providing material support to Hezbollah by seeking targets in New York City for terrorist attacks was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison. Ali Kourani, 35, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein after the Lebanon-born Kourani was...

Trump looks beyond DOJ watchdog’s Russia report

Dec. 3, 2019 3:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he expected an upcoming watchdog report to be "devastating" on the origins of the Russia investigation that dogged his presidency for nearly two years, but also suggested Americans should really be more interested in the findings of a federal...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

Nov. 23, 2019 2:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” the...

Snowden: Lawsuit targeting his book is selective enforcement

Nov. 20, 2019 5:56 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Former CIA contractor Edward Snowden says the government is unfairly singling him out in a lawsuit that seeks to block him from profiting off his best-selling memoir. The U.S. says Snowden’s book, “Permanent Record,” violates secrecy agreements he signed when...

House passes short-term spending measure as talks falter

Nov. 19, 2019 3:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep federal agencies running for another month in hopes the additional time will help negotiators wrap up more than $1.4 trillion in unfinished appropriations bills. The bill would avert a Thanksgiving government shutdown but...

Lithuanians, Norwegian released in spy swap with Russia

Nov. 15, 2019 8:59 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage in Russia were freed Friday in exchange for two Russians who had been in prison in Lithuania. Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, who were convicted in 2016, have been reunited with their families, Lithuanian spy chief...

AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call

Nov. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and...

Charges: Chinese surveillance goods illegally sold to US

Nov. 7, 2019 4:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island firm sold tens of millions of dollars in Chinese-made surveillance and other sensitive security equipment to customers, including the U.S. military to use on aircraft carriers, by falsely claiming the goods were manufactured in America, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The...

Papadopoulos seeks California seat left vacant by Rep. Hill

Oct. 29, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide who was a key figure in the FBI's Russia probe, filed paperwork Tuesday to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Katie Hill. Papadopoulos didn't immediately comment, but on Sunday he tweeted, "I love my state too much to...