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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...

NSA: No, We're Not Spying on Tucker Carlson
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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...

Twitter Employees Spied on Users for Saudis: Prosecutors

Two men who looked up data received cash and designer watch, complaint says

(Newser) - Two former Twitter employees face federal charges after prosecutors said they were paid to look up users' private information in an effort against critics of Saudi Arabia's government. The two are charged with acting as foreign agents without registering with the US. It's the first time federal prosecutors...

Neighbor: 'I Can't Believe Ed Was a Chinese Spy!'

California tour operator charged with being an illegal foreign agent

(Newser) - A California tour operator charged by US officials with illegally ferrying information to China was a quiet and friendly man with a taste for luxury cars, a neighbor said. Xuehua Edward Peng, 56, of Hayward was charged in documents unsealed Monday with being an illegal foreign agent and delivering classified...

Report: Israeli Spy Devices Found Near White House

US intelligence officials think they caught Israel spying on Trump, according to Politico

(Newser) - Is Israel spying on the US? Yeah, probably. That's what nations do. But did the US catch Israel spying? It sure looks it, according to a new report in Politico . It seems that spying devices known informally as StingRays were found near the White House and at other sensitive...

American in Russian Prison: I'm Being Abused

'This is typical,' Paul Whelan tells reporters

(Newser) - A Russian court on Friday extended the arrest for a former US Marine charged with espionage, who complained in court about abuse in custody. Paul Whelan was arrested at the end of December in a hotel room in the Russian capital of Moscow where he was attending a wedding. He...

Man's Ex Finds Him Stuck in Hole Dug by Her House

He appeared inebriated and severely dehydrated

(Newser) - A man in northern Mexico had to be rescued after he accidentally trapped himself in a hole that he dug so he could spy on his former girlfriend in violation of a court order to stay away from her, authorities said Sunday, the AP reports. The Sonora state attorney general'...

Putin: 'It's an Outrage'
Putin: 'It's an Outrage'

Putin: 'It's an Outrage'

Russian leader speaks out against Maria Butina's prison sentence

(Newser) - One person isn't too thrilled with a Russian operative's prison sentence : Vladimir Putin. "It's an outrage," he said Saturday of Maria Butina's 18-month sentence, per the Guardian . "It's not clear what she was convicted of or what crime she committed. I think...

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