Israeli ex-Mossad spy chief Meir Dagan dies at 71

Mar 17, 2016

Israeli ex-Mossad spy chief Meir Dagan dies at 71

Meir Dagan, a former Israeli general and longtime director of its spy agency, died Thursday. He was 71. Dagan directed the Mossad from 2002 until he retired in early 2011. Under his leadership, the Mossad reportedly carried out covert attacks against Iranian nuclear scientists ...

Putin probably approved plan to poison ex-spy: U.K. judge

Jan 21, 2016

Putin probably approved plan to poison ex-spy: U.K. judge

President Vladimir Putin probably approved a plan by Russia’s FSB security service to kill former agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died three weeks after drinking tea laced with poison at a London hotel, a British judge said Thursday. In a lengthy report, Judge Robert Owen ...

Mar 22, 2015

Australia training Japanese spies, daily says

The Australian Secret Intelligence Service has been training Japanese operatives in trade craft at the request of the Japanese government, The Australian newspaper reported Saturday. ASIS, the country’s overseas intelligence agency, has trained more than 20 officers under a program that began around 2008, ...

Freed American Gross had long career in foreign aid

Dec 18, 2014

Freed American Gross had long career in foreign aid

Alan Gross, 65, who spent five years in a Cuban prison, has had a long career in foreign aid and international development. He was working in Cuba as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development when he was arrested in Havana in ...

Dec 2, 2014

Ex-handler: Israeli spy Pollard bungled '85 U.S. escape plan

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard had an escape plan in place for him to flee to Israel but bungled it by seeking asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington instead, his former Israeli handler said in an interview aired Monday. Pollard was a civilian intelligence ...

Ex-GSDF spy recalls sending agent to North

Nov 28, 2013

Ex-GSDF spy recalls sending agent to North

A former member of a special Ground Staff Office unit has told Kyodo News about intelligence activities long conducted without the knowledge of the prime minister or defense minister, including paying several million yen to collaborators and sending a spy to North Korea. The ...

Jul 7, 2013

South Korea's spy agency takes lead role in political scandals

During last year’s presidential election, a team of South Korean intelligence agents allegedly flooded the Internet with several thousand political comments, including some describing left-leaning candidates as North Korea sympathizers. Then, while that scandal has continued to play out, another drama has unfolded, as ...

North Korea out of reach for U.S. spies

Apr 14, 2013

North Korea out of reach for U.S. spies

Conflicting accounts from U.S. intelligence about the status of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development underscore just how difficult it is for American spy agencies to penetrate its inscrutable regime, officials and experts said. The world’s most powerful intelligence apparatus is often left to guesswork ...