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Poland: We Caught Huawei Manager Spying for China

Chinese man, former Polish security officer charged with espionage

(Newser) - Poland's Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former officers with espionage on behalf of China, state broadcaster TVP reported Friday. Both men were arrested Tuesday. Polish security agents searched their homes as well as the offices... More »

Russians Say 'US Spy' Was Caught Receiving a Flash Drive

Meanwhile, it emerges that Paul Whelan is also a British citizen

(Newser) - The American citizen arrested in Russia over an alleged "espionage operation" is a citizen of at least one other country. British authorities confirmed Thursday that Paul Whelan is a dual national and has requested assistance from British diplomats in Moscow. The 48-year-old former Marine was born in Canada, though... More »

Marines Release Details on American Held by Russians

US officials have been granted access to Paul Whelan

(Newser) - The Russian government said Wednesday it has allowed an American citizen held on espionage charges to have access to US officials seeking answers about his arrest. The AP reports US consular officials were granted access to Michigan resident and former Marine Paul Whelan for the first time since his arrest... More »

American Arrested in Russia 'Has a Superior Set of Skills'

But Paul Whelan's brother says he's definitely not a spy

(Newser) - The American who Russia claims is a spy was simply in the country to attend a wedding, according to his family. News of Paul Whelan's arrest in Moscow came on Monday. At the time, Russia's FSB said only that an American man had been detained Friday "during... More »

Russia Says It Arrested a 'US Spy' in Moscow

His name has been given as Paul Whelan

(Newser) - Russia's domestic security agency says it has arrested a US citizen on espionage charges. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, the top KGB successor agency, said that the American man was detained in Moscow on Friday. The agency in Monday's statement didn't elaborate beyond saying he was... More »

My Daughter Got 5 Years. And Trump's Boys Get What?

Reality Winner's mother has something to say

(Newser) - "I am writing now because I am outraged: While my daughter languishes in prison, those actually responsible for threatening our election continue to get off easy." So writes Billie Winner-Davis in an Intercept article about her daughter, Reality Winner. A 27-year-old US Air Force veteran, Winner got five... More »

Maria Butina Will Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

Alleged Russian spy reaches deal with feds

(Newser) - An alleged spy accused of trying to infiltrate American organizations including the NRA might be on her way back to Russia soon. Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist who was arrested in July and is currently being held in solitary confinement at a federal facility in Alexandria, Va., has... More »

Reality Winner Makes Plea, Mother 'Disagrees Strongly'

But Winner 'will accept the consequences,' mom says

(Newser) - More than a year after her arrest, Reality Leigh Winner is pleading guilty. The former NSA contractor—who allegedly supplied the media with secret intel on Russians hacking US voting systems—planned to enter her plea agreement Friday in federal court, Engadget reports. "I do know that she has... More »

Ex-CIA Officer Is Facing Up to Life in Prison

Kevin Mallory, 61, convicted of sharing secrets with China

(Newser) - A former CIA officer was convicted Friday on charges he spied for China by providing top secret information in exchange for $25,000, the AP reports. Kevin Mallory, 61, of Leesburg, Virginia, faces up to life in prison, although federal sentences are often less than the maximum. A sentencing hearing... More »

Alleged US Double Agent Could Get Life in Prison

He's accused of accepting $800K to spy for China

(Newser) - A former Defense Intelligence Agency case officer who allegedly sought out a new career as a double agent working for Beijing didn't catch his flight from Seattle to China on Saturday. Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, was arrested by the FBI as he attempted to leave the country, reports Reuters... More »

Russia Behind Olympics Cyberattack: Officials

Spies tried to make it appear as if North Korea was behind attack, officials say

(Newser) - The Pyeongchang Olympics were hacked—by Russian spies who tried to make it look as though the hacking was the work of North Korean spies, sources tell the Washington Post . South Korean officials have acknowledged a cyberattack hit the games during the Opening Ceremonies, causing disruptions to the internet and... More »

He Says He Was Nurturing Relations With Russia. Now, Spy Charges

Frode Berg first Norwegian arrested for espionage in Russia since Russian Revolution

(Newser) - For 25 years, Norwegian border agent Frode Berg fostered relations with Russia from his post in the town of Kirkenes, just minutes from the border. That is, until the 62-year was arrested in December in Moscow on espionage charges, shocking those who knew him in Kirkenes, as Anton Troianovski explains... More »

FBI Created Fake Job to Get Suspected Mole to US

Jerry Lee was allowed to leave after evidence obtained

(Newser) - Authorities hunting the suspected mole who brought down the CIA's spy network in China lured him back to America by creating a job for the former CIA officer, officials say. Federal officials tell NBC that when Jerry Chun Shing Lee returned to the US from Hong Kong with his... More »

Suspected Mole Who Brought Down CIA in China Is Arrested

Jerry Chung Shing Lee was arrested on return to US

(Newser) - The man blamed for one of America's worst intelligence breaches in decades is back in the US—and it could be a very long time before he is allowed to leave again. Jerry Chung Shing Lee, a former CIA officer accused of giving China information that led to the... More »

Report: China Using LinkedIn as Spy Tool

German intelligence finds 'broad attempt to infiltrate parliaments, ministries, and administrations'

(Newser) - German officials may want to offer some of their LinkedIn contacts endorsements for "espionage" and "subterfuge." Per Reuters , the country's BfV intelligence service has revealed that Chinese intelligence operatives are setting up fake social-media accounts and attempting to connect with senior diplomats and politicians not only... More »

Hope of Exonerating Ethel Rosenberg May End With Trump

Sons are pressuring Obama to move now to clear mom executed in '50s spy case

(Newser) - With President Obama's term coming to an end, the sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are again calling on the president to clear their mother of the espionage charge for which they believe she was wrongly executed in 1953 in an intense Cold War case. Michael and Robert Meeropol... More »

Confession: Russian Spies in NYC Want More 'Drama'

Foreign operatives like Evgeny Buryakov often spend their days at meetings and on LinkedIn

(Newser) - A Wall Street analyst in the Bronx who spent much of his time attending mundane meetings, filing reports, and networking (including on LinkedIn) turned out to be a Russian spy—just part and parcel of the undercover espionage operations that burrow into place in New York City, as reported in... More »

Pardon Snowden So He Can Work for US Public

Human rights officials make the case in NYT

(Newser) - Edward Snowden put out a public plea earlier this week for a pardon from President Obama—and two human rights activists agree with his call for clemency. Making their case for the ex-NSA contractor in the New York Times , Kenneth Roth (director of Human Rights Watch) and Salil Shetty (secretary... More »

FBI Worker Pleads Guilty to Being Spy for China

Kun Shan Chun had top security clearance, is accused of sending FBI docs overseas

(Newser) - An FBI electronics technician with top security clearance pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling photographs of FBI documents and other sensitive information to China, the AP reports. Prosecutors in Manhattan federal court charged Kun Shan Chun—a naturalized US citizen who goes by "Joey Chun"—with making false... More »

Strange North Korean Radio Broadcasts Raise Old Fears

'On page 459, question number 35, on page 913, question number 55...'

(Newser) - Mysterious radio broadcasts out of North Korea are raising Cold War concerns in South Korea, the AP reports. A woman read a string of meaningless numbers on North Korean state radio for two minutes on June 24. It happened again last Friday; this time for 14 minutes. Popular Mechanics gives... More »

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