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US Figure Skater's Family an Alleged Target of China Spying

Case involving Alysa Liu part of Justice Department charges

(Newser) - US Olympic figure skater Alysa Liu and her father Arthur Liu—a former political refugee— were among those vicitimized in a spying operation that the Justice Department alleges was ordered by the Chinese government, per the AP . Arthur Liu said he had been contacted by the FBI last October and...

Engineer Pleaded Guilty in Spy Case. Now, His Wife's Plea

Diana Toebbe enters guilty plea days after Jonathan Toebbe in plot to sell sub secrets

(Newser) - A Maryland woman pleaded guilty Friday to her role in a plot with her husband to sell submarine secrets to a foreign country. Diana Toebbe entered the plea in federal court in Martinsburg to one count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data. Prosecutors said they'd seek a prison term...

Court Filing Causes Ruckus in Trump, Clinton Camps

Conservatives say John Durham development suggests spying on the White House

(Newser) - A new narrative has emerged in the orbit of former President Trump, one that accuses the Hillary Clinton campaign of essentially spying on the former president. It's a tangled story that involves special counsel John Durham and Democratic-allied lawyer Michael Sussmann, who was previously charged with lying to the...

Navy Nukes Engineer on Spying: 'Guilty, Your Honor'

Jonathan Toebbe, accused of conspiring to sell sub secrets with wife, will likely see at least 12 years

(Newser) - Update: Jonathan Toebbe, the Navy engineer accused with his wife of conspiring to sell secrets about nuclear propulsion systems on US subs to an unidentified foreign country, entered a new plea on Monday in a West Virginia federal court. "Guilty, your honor," the 43-year-old told Magistrate Judge Robert...

FBI Director: China's Spying Has 'Reached a New Level'

Country has stolen more data 'than every other country combined'

(Newser) - FBI Director Christopher Wray says China's economic espionage campaign is more damaging than ever, which is saying something, considering the scale of the Chinese government's spying stunned Wray when he became FBI director in 2017. "This one blew me away. And I'm not the kind of...

Secrets, Cryptocurrency Still Missing in Submarine Spy Case

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe plead not guilty

(Newser) - Two alleged spies arrested earlier this month are still in jail—and prosecutors say it would be too risky to release Jonathan and Diana Toebbe on bail while the nuclear submarine secrets they are accused of trying to sell to a foreign government are still unaccounted for. At a hearing...

Alleged Spies Hired Babysitter, Drove to 'Dead Drop' Location

'Doesn't seem possible,' says a former student of Diana Toebbe, accused with husband Jonathan

(Newser) - Spies? Them? That seems to be the general reaction from those who know Jonathan and Diana Toebbe of Annapolis, Maryland, the very model of a suburban couple with two kids. Jonathan is, or was, a nuclear engineer for the Navy, Diana is a teacher, and both are currently incarcerated and...

German Prosecutors: We Found a Russian Spy

British citizen allegedly passed information while working at embassy in Berlin

(Newser) - German prosecutors said Wednesday they have detained a British citizen accused of spying for Russia while working at the British Embassy in Berlin. Federal prosecutors said in a statement that the 57-year-old was detained Tuesday in Potsdam, southwest of the capital, based on cooperative investigations by German and British authorities,...

New Details Emerge on Carlson's NSA Controversy

Axios reports his texts may have been 'incidentally collected' by agency

(Newser) - Last week, Tucker Carson of Fox News caused a stir by accusing the National Security Agency of spying on him and trying to get his show off the air, allegations the NSA denied . Now, a report from Jonathan Swan at Axios appears to shed light on the controversy. It seems...

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NSA Responds to Tucker Carlson's Spying Claims

Fox News host said he'd 'confirmed' that was happening, but agency says nope

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson is claiming the US government is reading his private emails in an attempt to take his show off the air. "The Biden administration is spying on us," the host of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight said on Monday's show. "We have confirmed that."...

Ethel Rosenberg's Sons Want Truth About Mom Known
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Ethel Rosenberg's Sons Want Truth About Mom Known

She was executed for spying in 1953; they are fighting for her to be exonerated

(Newser) - When his mother called to tell him she had been arrested and couldn't come home, as had happened to his father the month prior, Michael Meeropol screamed into the phone. He was just 7. The boy's last name at the time—the summer of 1950—was Rosenberg. He...

China Takes Big Step in Feud With Canada

The '2 Michaels' to go on trial within days for spying

(Newser) - The Chinese government will put two Canadians on trial for espionage within days, despite international calls for their release. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in 2018 in what was widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou , an executive and the daughter of the founder of...

After 30 Years Behind Bars, Spy Is Now 'Home'

Jonathan Pollard, ex-analyst for US Navy, has been granted citizenship in Israel

(Newser) - Jonathan Pollard, who spent 30 years in US prison for spying for Israel, arrived in Israel early Wednesday with his wife, triumphantly kissing the ground as he disembarked from the aircraft. "We are ecstatic to be home at last after 35 years," Pollard said as he was greeted...

Treasury, Commerce Hit by Hackers in Monthslong Breach

'Unacceptable risk' to government tied back to hugely popular server software

(Newser) - US government agencies were ordered to scour their networks for malware and disconnect potentially compromised servers after authorities learned the Treasury and Commerce departments were hacked in a monthslong global cyberespionage campaign, discovered when a prominent cybersecurity firm learned it had been breached. In a rare emergency directive issued late...

Ex-Green Beret Admits He Spied for Russia

Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins pleads guilty, faces life in prison

(Newser) - The former Green Beret officer accused of spying for Russia is admitting to the crime. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to more than a decade of conspiring with Russian intelligence officers. He confessed to joining the US Army's Special Forces because they persuaded...

US: Former Green Beret Sold Out His Country

Peter Rafael Dzibinksi Debbins is accused of sharing secrets with Russian operatives

(Newser) - A former Green Beret was collared Friday and accused of conspiring with Russian intelligence agents for over 15 years, the Hill reports. Peter Rafael Dzibinksi Debbins, 45, allegedly gave operatives of the GRU—Russia's foreign intelligence agency—sensitive information between 1996 and 2011. That included "details of his...

Erik Prince Helped Find Ex-Spies to Infiltrate Libs: NYT

The Blackwater founder helped Project Veritas spy on liberal groups, paper reports

(Newser) - The former head of Blackwater—yes, the private military company—has privately recruited former spies to infiltrate liberal groups and report to the conservative Project Veritas, the New York Times reports. Per documents and interviews, Erik Prince helped find American and British ex-spies to dig up intelligence on labor organizations,...

CIA Had an Incredibly Easy Way to Spy on Nations
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CIA Had an Incredibly Easy Way to Spy on Nations

Agency secretly owned a tech firm that stored governments' secrets

(Newser) - A fascinating story in the Washington Post sounds like the far-fetched plot of a spy thriller. But it's all true: The piece details how the CIA, with help from West Germany, was able to read the secret communications of other nations with surprising ease for more than 50 years....

Report: Russian Spies Posed as Plumbers in Davos

Though Russia raises some questions about the report

(Newser) - It sounds like the plot of a movie: Police in Davos, Switzerland, believe Russian spies attempted to infiltrate this week's World Economic Forum by posing as plumbers, according to a local report and the Financial Times . Suspicion first arose when police questioned two Russian men back in August, after...

Ex-CIA: Russia Knows Way More Than We Do

And that's allegedly because of President Trump's cell phone use

(Newser) - Seems President Trump is ignoring his staff and continuing to make calls on his personal cell phone—which experts say can easily be overheard by foreign powers like Russia, CNN reports. This according to several current and former US officials who say he still uses his old cell phone rather...

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