Tag - espionage



Leaders of intelligence agencies testify before a congressional committee about worldwide threats in Washington on March 11.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 15, 2024
Campaign puts Trump and the spy agencies on a collision course
Some former officials fear that Trump, if elected again, would try to weaken intelligence agencies or undermine their independence.
Although intelligence agencies are engaging more with the public than they used to, spy-themed entertainment is still the primary source of education about espionage.
Apr 10, 2024
James Bond and Jason Bourne ruined spies for all of us
The average person knows deep down that what they see in the movies and on TV isn’t the same as reality, but they don’t know how or how much.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left to right), Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Sochi, Russia, on May 15, 2019.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 10, 2024
Spy's arrest puts Cold War spotlight back on Vienna
Vienna being considered a spy haven has come under harsh scrutiny following accusations an Austrian intelligence agent spied for Russia.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) concluded that China interfered in the last two elections, an official probe heard on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 9, 2024
Canada spies found China interfered in last two elections, probe hears
Intelligence analysts and the Conservatives say Trudeau's government has not done enough to combat Chinese interference.
South Korea is seeking to step up its own reconnaissance capabilities with a series of launches aimed at putting five spy satellites in orbit by 2025.
Apr 8, 2024
South Korea launches second homegrown spy satellite
The synthetic aperture radar satellite uses radar waves to produce ultrahigh resolution images of objects on the ground, regardless of cloud cover.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks with the media after meeting with Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng at the Guangdong Zhudao Guesthouse in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, on Saturday.
Apr 7, 2024
China providing geospatial intelligence to Russia, U.S. warns
Beijing’s support also includes optics, propellants to be used in missiles and increased space cooperation, according to sources.
The meeting between Japanese Ambassador to China Kenji Kanasugi and a Japanese employee of Astellas Pharma who has been detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of espionage lasted about 30 minutes.
Mar 26, 2024
Japan's envoy to China meets detained Astellas worker
The meeting was held in Beijing for about 30 minutes. The man had no particular health problems, according to the sources.
A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a sign in London on Tuesday. Assange's many supporters hail him as an anti-establishment hero who is being persecuted for exposing U.S. wrongdoing and alleged war crimes.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 26, 2024
Julian Assange wins temporary reprieve from extradition to U.S.
U.S. prosecutors are seeking to put Assange on trial under the Espionage Act over WikiLeaks' high-profile release of confidential U.S. records.
Both the U.S. and U.K. have announced sanctions against Chinese nationals for cybercrimes.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 26, 2024
U.S. and U.K. accuse China of broad cyberattacks and voter data theft
The revelations add to a growing list of cybersecurity breaches that the U.S. and its allies say are backed by the Chinese government.
Hu Shiyun was in charge of Chinese language courses at Kobe Gakuin University's faculty of global communication and formerly headed the section.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 19, 2024
Chinese professor at Japan university missing after visiting homeland
Hu Shiyun became unreachable after arriving in China following the end of summer school courses in August last year, and his family hasn't heard from him.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a campaign rally in Rome, Georgia, on March 9.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 15, 2024
Trump launched CIA covert influence operation against China
A team promoted allegations that Communist Party members were hiding ill-gotten money overseas, sources said.
Since the Ukraine war, South Korea has had a special travel advisory urging its citizens not to travel to Russia.
Mar 12, 2024
South Korean held in Russia for spying was missionary, reports say
The incident marks the first time a South Korean has been detained in Russia for alleged espionage, according to Russian news agencies.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a news conference at the Vatican on Saturday
WORLD / Politics
Mar 3, 2024
Germany caught out by leak of secret Ukraine war talks
The leak was a 38-minute audio recording of German army officers apparently discussing potential Ukrainian strikes on Crimea in a Feb. 19 videoconference.
The assembly line at a production facility for Nio, a maker of electric cars, in Hefei, China, on Dec. 4. U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered an investigation into auto software that could track U.S. drivers, part of a broader effort to stop electric vehicle imports from China.
Mar 2, 2024
The politics and economics behind Biden's China car espionage probe
The U.S. leader's saber-rattling as another opportunity to demonstrate he is tough on China, experts say.
U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, stands inside a defendants' cage before a hearing to consider an appeal on his extended pre-trial detention, at the Moscow City Court in Moscow on Feb. 20.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 1, 2024
'How much time he's lost': Jailed U.S. reporter's family waits for his return
The parents of Evan Gershkovich are counting on a promise from U.S. President Joe Biden to bring their son home.
The trove of leaked documents show that I-Soon, a private security company competing for Chinese government contracts, had successfully hacked into government offices in India, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea, among others.
Feb 22, 2024
Leak shows China firm hacked foreign governments, activists
The leaked data posted anonymously last week on online software repository GitHub "reveals the maturing nature of China's cyber espionage ecosystem."
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's supporters demonstrate against U.S. extradition in front of the British Consulate in Barcelona on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2024
Assange absent at final hearing against extradition to U.S.
The two-day session is likely the WikiLeaks founder's last chance to fight the extradition in Britain's courts after a half-decade battle.
A Beijing court heard Yang Hengjun's trial in secret in May 2021 and the case against him has never been publicly disclosed. He has denied working as a spy for Australia or the United States.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Feb 5, 2024
Beijing court gives Australian writer suspended death sentence
Yang Hengjun had been accused of spying for a country China has not identified and the details of the case against him have not been made public.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi during a news conference at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday
Feb 5, 2024
Classified Japanese diplomatic info leaked after Chinese cyberattacks
Japan has lagged behind other developed countries in the development of its cybersecurity defenses.
The new Japanese Ambassador to China, Kenji Kanasugi, speaks at a news conference in Beijing on Dec. 19 after arriving in the Chinese capital earlier in the day.
Jan 31, 2024
New Japan envoy in China meets with national detained over spying
The move followed a meeting in November between his predecessor and the man, a senior Astellas Pharma employee.


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