Apr 17, 2015

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years

A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday after convicting her of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership’s resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power. The ...

Apr 12, 2015

Russia detects spy satellites disguised as space junk, commander says

Russia has detected a group of spy satellites operating above its territory disguised as space junk, the head of its space command said Sunday, according to the Interfax news agency. “Very recently, specialists from the Main Space Intelligence Center uncovered a newly created group ...

Apr 5, 2015

U.S. geologist jailed in China released, deported

A U.S. geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said. Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No. 2 Prison, was immediately deported upon ...

U.S. officer remembered 30 years after Soviet shooting

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. officer remembered 30 years after Soviet shooting

The Soviets demanded to see U.S. Col. Roland Lajoie. As chief of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission in West Berlin in 1985, Lajoie regularly sent intelligence-gathering patrols into communist East Germany and confrontations were not unusual. This time was worse. a Soviet sentry had ...

Mar 10, 2015

China nabs man who sold photos of aircraft carrier

A Chinese man who sold 500 pictures of the country’s first aircraft carrier has been detained in a spying investigation, local media reported, the latest Web user allegedly exploited by foreign intelligence agencies. The man, surnamed Zhang, began taking pictures of the Liaoning — ...

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyberops

Mar 7, 2015

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyberops

The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyberoperations and incorporating digital innovations, Director John Brennan says. Brennan told reporters he is creating new units within the CIA, ...

British spy agencies told to target middle-aged mums

Mar 6, 2015

British spy agencies told to target middle-aged mums

Ditch the preconceptions about Bond girls — Britain’s spy agencies should be recruiting middle-aged mothers to expand their talent pool, parliament’s intelligence and security committee said Thursday. Where MI5, MI6 and GCHQ once picked out new recruits by laying a discreet hand on the ...

Venezuela detains Americans; Maduro announces moves against U.S.

Mar 1, 2015

Venezuela detains Americans; Maduro announces moves against U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had detained American citizens including a pilot on suspicion of espionage, in a move likely to strain already tense relations between Washington and Caracas. Maduro also said his government would order a reduction in the ...

Leaked cables put South Africa spycraft on display

Feb 25, 2015

Leaked cables put South Africa spycraft on display

by Christopher Torchia

Once the small talk had subsided, the 2012 meeting between intelligence agents from Iran and South Africa in an Iranian guesthouse reportedly went downhill. “Until high level Ministerial interaction has taken place it is evident that this relationship in all honesty is doomed,” a ...

Mossad played down Iran nuclear situation

Feb 24, 2015

Mossad played down Iran nuclear situation

Israel’s Mossad spy agency in October 2012 had a less alarmist view of Iran’s nuclear program than an assessment delivered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations just a few weeks earlier, according to a purported secret cable published Monday by two ...