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# Espionage

Last month
May 2023
# Spying
China jails US citizen (78) for life on espionage charges
Such heavy sentences are relatively rare for foreign citizens in China.
This year
# Evan Gershkovich
America urges Russia to release US journalist arrested for espionage
The US has pushed for the release of Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested last week, as well as Paul Whelan who holds joint Irish citizenship.
# Russia
American journalist Evan Gershkovich arrested in Russia on spying charge
Announcement of his detention provoked criticism from Western authorities and media freedom groups.
# The Hague
US charges Russian spy who tried to infiltrate International Criminal Court
The Dutch said that if Cherkasov had worked at the ICC, he could have accessed “highly valuable” intelligence on its probe into war crimes in Ukraine.
# Espionage
Ex-security guard at UK embassy in Germany jailed for 13 years for spying on behalf of Russia
The 58-year-old was sentenced today.
Last year
# Espionage charges
Swedish spy and his sibling face life term over Russian allegations
The case is mainly taking place behind closed doors given the “extremely sensitive material” allegedly divulged by the brothers.
# Espionage
Russian 'spy' arrested following Dutch operation 'not the only' agent to have worked in Ireland
Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov had studied in Ireland under the false Brazilian alias Viktor Muller Ferreira.
All time
# Espionage
US navy engineer charged with trying to pass secrets about nuclear-powered subs
Jonathan Toebbe was arrested in West Virginia together with his 45-year-old wife Diana.
# Espionage
Italian navy captain arrested for passing on 'confidential documents' to the Russians
The Italian foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Russian ambassador over the incident.
# Espionage
Massive cyber attack on US government agencies spreads to other countries
“It’s certain that the number and location of victims will keep growing,” the Microsoft president said.
# Espionage
Former CIA officer charged with selling US secrets and exposing informants to China
He was tricked into admitting his activities last year by a US undercover agent.
# Spies
Government warned about increased threat of foreign espionage in Ireland
An update to the White Paper on Defence 2015 was published this week.
# Espionage
US extracted spy from Russia amid fears Trump administration mishandled classified intelligence
The source, who had been providing information for decades, had access to Putin and sent pictures of high-level documents.
# Moscow
Man with triple citizenship charged with espionage in Russia requests Irish consular assistance
Paul Whelan, who has denied the charges, could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.
# Spy
Russia detains American man suspected of espionage
It’s the latest in a series of espionage cases between Russia and the West.
# diplomatic tensions
China confirms detention of 2 Canadians as tensions rise between countries
The two cases ratchet up pressure on Canada, which is holding Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies.
# Espionage
Former CIA agent arrested in New York with top secret info listing real identities of undercover spies
The man was found with documents in JFK International Airport.
# Black Ops
Security consultant denies All Blacks 'bugging' charge
Adrian Gard was charged after a device was discovered ahead of New Zealand’s Sydney Test against the Wallabies in August.
# Espionage
WikiLeaks releases over 8,000 documents 'hacked from CIA'
The files appear to show the CIA wanted to subvert software products and use them as surveillance devices.
# present danger
Reports that Putin could hand Edward Snowden over to Donald Trump as a 'gift' dismissed
US channel NBC had reported that Vladimir Putin could give Snowden up in an attempt to ‘curry favour with Trump’.
# Black Ops
Security consultant charged with public mischief for bugging All Blacks in Sydney
The revelation that New Zealand’s meetings had been bugged caused serious tension between the unions.
# Espionage
Spy chief confirms 'Q' from James Bond is a woman in real life
The agent was always played by a man in the film franchise.
# Wikileaks
Chelsea Manning attempted to take her own life, legal team confirms
Manning’s legal team say she will be kept under close observation for several weeks.
# jonathan pollard
Convicted spy released from prison after 30 years
He has challenged his parole terms, calling them “onerous and oppressive”
# Open Secret
The tactics the Wallabies didn't want you to see... or did they?
We bet Kieran Read is super rattled right now.
# gripping thriller
'We even f**ked up fiddling it': The Sunday Times' remarkable World Cup bid allegations
A previously-unseen submission from the newspaper alleges the England 2018 team hired outside agencies to spy on rivals.
Snowden granted three-year residency in Russia, with permission to travel
“In the future Edward will have to decide whether to continue to live in Russia and become a citizen or to return to the United States,” his lawyer said today.
# Spying
Even the Pope has had his phone tapped by the US says Italian magazine
The NSA snooped on Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s residence in the Vatican before he was elected as Pope Francis in March according to Panorama magazine.
# Espionage
Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison
The 25-year-old soldier was also dishonourably discharged from the US Army.
# Wikileaks
Julian Assange: Bradley Manning didn't get a fair trial
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said the conviction of Bradley Manning on 20 out of 22 counts set a “dangerous precedent”.
Bolivia's Morales offers asylum to US leaker Snowden
Nicaragua and Venezuela have also offered asylum to the American – one days after denouncing the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane over Europe amid reports that the fugitive was aboard.
WikiLeaks: Snowden makes 6 new asylum applications
WikiLeaks it would not be identifying the countries involved “due to attempted US interference” in the Edward Snowden’s asylum applications.
# fugitive
Ed Snowden's dad: 'My son broke the law - but he's no traitor'
Lonnie Snowden reckons his son would be willing to come home as long as authorities agree not to detain him before trial.
# Asylum
Edward Snowden's choice of Ecuador is riddled with problems
Uncovered documents show the South American country has major surveillance capabilities.
# Edward Snowden
Former US spy Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong bound for Russia
Snowden’s latest revelations show the NSA was hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to gather data from millions of text messages.
# Phone Tapping
US whistleblower Snowden charged with espionage for leaking secret documents
The former government contractor revealed that the NSA collects Americans’ phone records and internet data from US companies.
# Inquest
Russian spy case details may be made public
Litvinenko died in November 2006 after ingesting polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope that was secretly slipped into his tea at a London hotel.
# Espionage
Mole to blame for Netherlands exit - Sneijder
The Inter Milan midfielder claims that tactics were leaked to the press before games.
# Espionage
Operation Midnight Climax: how the CIA secretly sent citizens on acid trips
It sounds like a wild conspiracy theory, or film script, but recently declassified documents exposes more about the bizarre project.
# Iran
Iran sentences US citizen Amir Mirzai Hekmati to death over 'CIA spying'
Conviction comes as US-Iranian relations increasingly sour.