Jan 27, 2015

U.S. Justice Department spies on millions of cars: report

The Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about motorists in an effort to build a national database that tracks the movement of vehicles across the country, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The newspaper said the main ...

Jan 27, 2015

Israeli spy unit boots soldiers who refused to snoop on Palestinians

Israel’s top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living under occupation, Army Radio said. The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General “A,” barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

Jan 27, 2015

Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

A former CIA officer was convicted of espionage charges Monday for having leaked to a New York Times journalist classified details of a secret operation to thwart Iran’s nuclear program. Jurors found Jeffrey Sterling guilty on all nine counts he faced in federal court ...

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

Jan 17, 2015

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

China is investigating one of its top spy chiefs for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said, signaling that the boldest crackdown on corruption in decades has spilled over into its powerful intelligence apparatus. Ma Jian, a vice minister at the Ministry of ...

Jan 13, 2015

Russian spy agency sought to recruit Snowden: report

A close ally of Edward Snowden has told filmmakers that Russia’s intelligence agency sought to recruit the former NSA contractor, but he declined the offer. WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison said the Russian FSB intelligence security service approached Snowden while he was stuck in the ...

CIA leak shows how spies travel incognito

Dec 22, 2014

CIA leak shows how spies travel incognito

Activists have published what they describe as CIA documents advising spies on how to maintain cover when crossing borders. Information-freedom lobby group WikiLeaks on Sunday released the two documents, dating from 2011 and 2012. They are marked classified and “NOFORN,” which means they were ...

Why the U.S.-Cuba talks had to be kept secret

Dec 21, 2014

Why the U.S.-Cuba talks had to be kept secret

When reporters needled her for details of delicate Israeli-Syrian talks 15 years ago, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright replied: “Sometimes talks, like mushrooms, do better in the dark.” That homespun axiom proved true again Wednesday with the revelation that a year and a ...