Russian court upholds arrest for suspected US spy
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has upheld an earlier ruling to keep a former U.S. Marine in a Moscow jail for three more months as he faces espionage charges.
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a corporate espionage lawsuit filed by National Fish & Seafood against a former employee and her new company after the sides announced an...
Experts: US anti-Huawei campaign likely exaggerated
Since last year, the U.S. has waged a vigorous diplomatic offensive against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, claiming that any nation deploying its gear in next-generation wireless...
Sweden arrests person suspected of spying on refugees
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish domestic security agency says a person has been arrested on suspicion of spying on refugees who fled to Sweden.
Sweden arrests person suspected of spying for Russia
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish domestic security agency says a person has been arrested on suspicion of having been recruited by Russia to carry out "illegal intelligence activities...
Pakistan’s army strips ex-spy chief of pension over book
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army has stripped a former spy chief of his pension and other benefits over a book he co-authored with his former Indian counterpart.
Pakistan says India using UN court for ‘political theater’
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pakistan accused India on Tuesday of sponsoring terrorism and of using the United Nations' highest court for "political theater" as it urged judges to dismiss an Indian case seeking to save an alleged spy from execution.
The International Court of Justice case centers on the fate of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was convicted of espionage and sabotage by a Pakistani military tribunal and sentenced to death in April 2017.
India takes Pakistan to UN’s highest court in spying case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — India on Monday accused Pakistan of breaching the rights of an alleged spy who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, a case at the U.N.'s highest court that has exacerbated tensions between the longtime rivals.
Indian lawyer Harish Salve told judges at the International Court of Justice that Pakistan's claims of espionage and sabotage against Kulbhushan Jadhav have "always been strong on rhetoric and blurry on facts."
Zimmermann had espionage in mind at NY Fashion Week
NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps in another life, Nicky Zimmermann would have been a spy, an extremely chic one.
The Australian designer had espionage on her mind for fall Monday at the New York Fashion Week show of her Zimmerman label.
Turkey: US Consulate employee who did DEA work has trial set
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul is set to go on trial in March on charges of espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government, a court decided Friday.
A court ruled to keep Metin Topuz, a translator and fixer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, in pretrial detention until trial hearings scheduled for March 26-28, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Topuz has been in custody since October 2017.
Lawyer: Suspected US spy had classified docs on him
MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for an American man being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying said on Tuesday that his client was given a flash drive containing Russian "state secrets" before he was arrested, but did not know he had them and had not looked at them.
His family insisted that he was entrapped and denied that he is guilty of espionage.
Briton, Greek soldier held in border area on spying charges
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have brought espionage charges against a British national working for a charity assisting migrants and a Greek soldier, who were arrested together in a military area on the border with Turkey.
Police had originally sought that the two men aged 25 and 29, who were arrested Sunday, should face lesser charges of entering a restricted military area without permission.
Turkish employee of US Consulate indicted for espionage
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a local employee of the United States consulate in Istanbul accused of attempting to overthrow the government and espionage.
A 78-page indictment seen by The Associated Press on Sunday against Turkish national Metin Topuz, jailed since October 2017, said he was in "very intense contact" with police officers who led a 2013 anti-corruption investigation that implicated top government officials.
Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland on spy charges
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei said Saturday it has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland on spying charges.
The allegations against Wang Weijing "have no relation to the company," Huawei Technologies Ltd. said in a statement. It said Wang was fired because the incident "brought Huawei into disrepute," a violation of his contract.
Polish authorities announced Friday that a Huawei director and a Polish cybersecurity expert were accused of carrying out "espionage against Poland."
Russia dismisses reports of prisoner swap with US
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed suggestions that an American arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be used in a prisoner swap for a Russian held in the United States.
The Latest: Poland spying suspect held top cyber jobs
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the espionage-related arrests in Poland (all times local):
The Polish state news agency says a Polish man who has been charged with spying for China had held top cybersecurity positions at different state agencies and had been involved in projects co-financed by the European Union.
Ex-Israeli minister charged of Iran spying to serve 11 years
JERUSALEM (AP) — A former Israeli government minister charged with spying for archenemy Iran will serve 11 years in prison as part of a plea bargain with authorities, Israel's justice ministry said Wednesday.
The ministry said Gonen Segev agreed to the deal after confessing to severe espionage and passing information to an enemy. The plea bargain will be brought to a judge next month and no further information was provided.
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Jailed American spent years collecting Russian contacts
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. corporate security executive and former Marine who has been jailed in Moscow on spying charges has spent more than a decade cultivating friends and contacts in Russia, both virtual and real.
Bail sought for ex-Marine held in Moscow for alleged spying
MOSCOW (AP) — The defense lawyer for a former U.S. Marine who was detained in Russia for alleged spying said Thursday that he is trying to get the American released from the Moscow prison where he has coped well with being in custody.
The Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, has said Michigan resident Paul Whelan, a 48-year-old corporate security director from the Detroit area, was arrested Friday on espionage charges. The security service has not given details of the case.
US ambassador meets with American held for spying in Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman met in Moscow on Wednesday with a Michigan man who has been detained on espionage charges as the American government seeks answers about his arrest.
Huntsman said he offered support and assistance to Paul Whelan, a corporate security executive and former Marine, and later spoke to the man's family by phone, but he would not discuss the case in detail.
Michigan man held for spying in Russia was frequent visitor
DETROIT (AP) — As a staff sergeant with the Marines in Iraq, Paul Whelan enjoyed fine cigars and showed an affinity for Russia — even spending two weeks of military leave in Moscow and St. Petersburg instead of at home in the U.S. with family and friends.
The 48-year-old Detroit-area man had an account on a Russian social media site, where he posted festive notes on the country's national holidays.
Now, he's under arrest there on espionage allegations.
The Latest: Access for US officials to Moscow-held American
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine detained in Russia on espionage charges (all times local):
U.S. officials are seeking answers about Moscow's arrest of a Michigan man on spying charges, and now the Russian government says it's allowed Paul Whelan to have access to U.S. consular representatives.
A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Minister is quoted by state news agency Tass and private agency Interfax as saying access was granted Wednesday.
US seeks access to American held in Moscow
US citizen arrested in Russia on spying charges
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's domestic security agency said Monday that it has arrested a U.S. citizen on espionage charges.
The Federal Security Service, or FSB, the top KGB successor agency, said Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow on Friday. The agency said in Monday's statement that he was caught "during an espionage operation," but didn't give any details.
Spying charges carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years in Russia.
Germany says link between hackers, China govt credible
BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it believes the links being drawn between the Chinese government and a group of hackers who allegedly stole trade and official secrets in the West are credible.
American and British officials on Thursday pointed the finger at Beijing over an extensive hacking campaign carried out by two alleged Chinese citizens.
China calls US arrogant and selfish after hacking indictment
BEIJING (AP) — China called the U.S. arrogant and selfish on Friday after two Chinese citizens were charged with stealing American trade secrets and other sensitive information on behalf of Beijing's main intelligence agency.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said "the Chinese government has never participated in or supported anyone in stealing trade secrets in any way."
She accused the U.S. of undermining the development of other countries in order to defend its own hegemony.
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US charges 2 hackers with alleged Chinese intelligence ties
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday said two alleged Chinese hackers carried out an extensive campaign on behalf of Beijing's main intelligence agency to steal trade secrets and other information from government agencies and "a who's who" of major corporations in the United States and nearly a dozen other nations.
The Latest: China accuses US of ‘fabricating facts’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Chinese cyberespionage (all times local):
China has accused the U.S. of "fabricating facts" after it charged two Chinese hackers with carrying out an extensive campaign to steal trade secrets and other information on behalf of Beijing's main intelligence agency.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement Friday that the indictment severely violates the basic norms of international relations and damages U.S.-China cooperation.
Czech spy agency blames Russia for cyberattacks on diplomats
PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech spy agency says it's "obvious" that Russia was behind cyberattacks against the country's foreign ministry, calling them the most serious case of cyberespionage to hit the European country.
The agency known as BIS said in its annual report Monday the attacks were part of the Turla campaign by Russia's FSB intelligence agency and APT28 campaign by GRU military intelligence agency.
Other European countries have faced similar attacks.
Espionage, ID theft? Myriad risks from stolen Marriott data
NEW YORK (AP) — The data stolen from the Marriott hotel empire in a massive breach is so rich and specific it could be used for espionage, identity theft, reputational attacks and even home burglaries, security experts say.
Hackers stole data on as many as 500 million guests of former Starwood chain properties over four years including credit card and passport numbers, birthdates, phone numbers and hotel arrival and departure dates.
Freed academic returns to Britain from UAE after spy pardon
LONDON (AP) — Academic Matthew Hedges arrived back in Britain Tuesday after being pardoned and released by the United Arab Emirates from a spying conviction, ending an ordeal that had strained relations between the U.K. and an important Gulf ally.
Hedges' family said he landed at London's Heathrow Airport in the morning.
In a statement, the 31-year-old Durham University graduate student thanked supporters, British officials and his wife Daniela Tejada for securing his release.
Trial ordered for Panama ex-president over alleged spying
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A judge in Panama has ordered former President Ricardo Martinelli to stand trial on charges of political espionage.
Monday's ruling means Martinelli will be prosecuted for allegedly ordering that the communications of at least 150 people be intercepted and spending millions of dollars on spy equipment. He is also charged with embezzlement because the purchases were allegedly for "personal benefit."
UAE to consider ‘clemency’ in case of convicted Briton
LONDON (AP) — The ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in London said Friday his government is studying whether to grant clemency to a convicted British academic sentenced to life in prison for espionage.
Ambassador Sulaiman Hamid Almazroui said that academic Matthew Hedges' family has requested clemency and the government is considering it.
Wife of academic jailed in UAE condemns actions of UK
LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British academic sentenced to life in prison for espionage in the United Arab Emirates said Britain's foreign secretary assured her Thursday that the government was now working to get him out of jail after months of inaction to gain his freedom.
Judge to decide on espionage trial for Panama ex-leader
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has made a noisy court appearance ahead of a ruling on whether he should stand trial for alleged political espionage.
The 66-year-old ex-leader raised his handcuffed hands above his head and shouted at reporters, saying "I'm innocent!" He accused Judge Geronimo Mejia of wanting to prosecute him to win a Supreme Court seat from current President Carlos Varela.
Mejia said the hearing could take time and asked for patience.
Rights group: Activist seized in Cairo resurfaces in Sudan
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says a Sudanese opposition activist who had been living in Egypt was abducted and returned to Sudan in an operation coordinated by the security services of both countries.
Human Rights Watch says Sudanese authorities have confirmed they are holding activist Mohamed Boshi, who was taken in Cairo in October and held incommunicado before being charged last week with espionage and crimes against the state.
Iran upholds prison term for official convicted of spying
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian appeals court has upheld the 10-year prison sentence of a former Foreign Ministry official convicted of spying.
The semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi as saying the court upheld Kamal Amirbeig's sentence and fined him $200,000. The report did not provide further information.
Iran rarely discloses the names or occupations of alleged spies.
Austrian ex-officer suspected of spying for Russia since 90s
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's government said Friday that a retired colonel in the country's military is suspected of having spied for Russia for decades, a claim swiftly dismissed by Moscow.
The 70-year-old man from Salzburg, who wasn't named, allegedly provided a Russian intelligence agency with information about Austria's military and political situation, officials said.
US charges China-controlled company in trade secrets theft
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The United States has charged a government-controlled company in China with stealing trade secrets from an American semiconductor company, the Justice Department said Thursday as it outlined an initiative focused on what officials said was the growing threat of Chinese economic espionage.
Chinese intelligence officers charged in US aviation hacking
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chinese intelligence officers and hackers working for them have been charged with commercial espionage that included trying to steal information on commercial jet engines, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
The indictments named two officers working for the Nanjing-based foreign intelligence arm of China's Ministry of State Security and six other defendants who allegedly conspired from 2010 to 2015 to steal sensitive turbofan engine technology used in commercial aviation.
US pastor released from house arrest, flown out of Turkey
IZMIR, Turkey (AP) — An American pastor flew out of Turkey on Friday after a Turkish court convicted him of terror links but freed him from house arrest, removing a major irritant in fraught ties between two NATO allies still strained by disagreements over Syria, Iran and a host of other issues.
The Latest: Trump says freed pastor to be checked in Germany
ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the trial of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is accused of espionage and terror related charges(all times local):
President Donald Trump says an American pastor who had been detained in Turkey is "now free from jail" and on his way to Germany.
North Carolina native Andrew Brunson was convicted on charges of terrorism links by a Turkish court Friday. Turkey's government then freed him to return home.
Not guilty plea entered in GE Aviation espionage case
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Chinese national pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of trying to steal trade secrets from multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies, including GE Aviation.
Defendant Yanjun Xu was also ordered by a magistrate judge to be detained before trial over the objections of Xu's attorneys, who say he's not at risk of fleeing.
Feds: Chinese spy tried to steal US aviation trade secrets
NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese spy who allegedly attempted to steal trade secrets from several American aviation and aerospace companies was charged Wednesday and extradited to the U.S.
Yanjun Xu, an operative of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, is accused of recruiting experts who worked at aviation companies and paying them stipends to travel to China in order to obtain trade secrets, the Justice Department said.
Berlin authorities probe Turkish spying allegations
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Berlin say they're looking into allegations that a police officer passed information to Turkish intelligence about Turkish opposition supporters living in the German capital.
Russia’s Lavrov lashes out at Norway arrest of suspected spy
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is slamming Norway for arresting a Russian parliamentary official suspected of spying.
Lavrov called the espionage accusations "propaganda" and said "we want to understand what happened with our citizen."
Speaking on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Lavrov said Tuesday, "Do you realize he was invited by the Norwegian parliament? Norwegian hospitality."
Cambodia pardons Australian filmmaker convicted of espionage
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia granted a royal pardon on Friday to Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, who was sentenced last month to six years in prison on spying charges in a trial widely criticized as unfair.
It was not immediately clear if he has already been released from Prey Sar prison on the outskirts of the capital, Phnom Penh.
Turkey frees prominent opposition lawmaker Berberoglu
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Thursday released a prominent lawmaker from the main opposition party who had been sentenced to more than five years in prison for revealing state secrets and espionage.
State-run news agency Anadolu said Thursday the sentence of Enis Berberoglu, re-elected in June, has been suspended for as long as he remains a lawmaker.