Tag Archives: espionage

Edward Snowden Takes Russian Citizenship Oath

The Associated Press reports: Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing highly classified surveillance programs, has received a Russian passport and taken the citizenship oath, Russian news agencies quoted his lawyer as saying Friday. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena was reported as saying that Snowden got the passport and took the oath on Thursday, about three months after …

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Assange Backers Form Human Chain At UK Parliament

Reuters reports: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange formed a human chain outside Britain’s parliament on Saturday to demand an end to an attempt by the United States to have him extradited to face criminal charges. Hundreds of protesters, including Jeremy Corbyn, the former leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, gathered in a line which stretched from parliament’s perimeter railings …

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Putin Grants Russian Citizenship To Edward Snowden

The Associated Press reports: President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader on Monday. Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals listed by the decree as being granted Russian citizenship. The decree was published on an official government website. Snowden, a former contractor with the …

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FBI Investigates Whether Spy Infiltrated Mar-A-Lago

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: For a time, Anna de Rothschild boasted of her family roots to the European banking dynasty, donning designer clothes, a Rolex watch, and driving a $170,000 black Mercedes-Benz SUV. She talked about developing a sprawling luxury housing project on Emerald Bay in the Bahamas, a high-rise hotel in Monaco, and a Formula One race track in …

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DOJ Opposes Media Request To Unseal Mar-A-Lago Affidavit: “Investigation Implicates National Security”

ABC News reports: The Justice Department said in a new court filing Monday that it opposes an effort by multiple media organizations, including ABC News, to unseal the supporting affidavit behind the now-public search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. “There remain compelling reasons, including to protect the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation that implicates national …

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Sen. Rand Paul Calls For Repealing The Espionage Act

Axios reports: Less than a week after the FBI’s search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for the repeal of the Espionage Act on Saturday, saying it was an “egregious affront to the 1st Amendment.” The Department of Justice filed a motion on Thursday to unseal parts of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant. Documents released on …

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Trump Promotes Multiple QAnon Attacks On FBI

The Insider reports: Former President Donald Trump took Truth Social to his social media platform over the weekend to lash out at the FBI over its raid of Mar-a-Lago. He also repeated the baseless allegation that the FBI could have planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago: “There was no way of knowing if what they took was legitimate, or was there a …

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REPORT: Docs May Have Had Payroll Info On US Spies

Newsweek reports: In pursuing the unprecedented search of Donald Trump’s residence on Monday, the FBI was seeking to retrieve Top Secret and “compartmented” documents dealing with intelligence “sources and methods,” two federal government sources tell Newsweek—documents with the potential to reveal U.S. intelligence sources, including human sources on the American government payroll. This greatly complicates any public discussion of the …

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Infamous Liar Calls Search Warrant “Hoax And Scam”

The Washington Examiner reports: Former President Donald Trump has lashed out at the FBI in the wake of the search warrant used in its raid on Mar-a-Lago being unsealed. “Like all of the other Hoaxes and Scams that they’ve used to try and silence the voice of a vast majority of the American People, I have TRUTH on my side,” …

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Fox Guest: Trump Could Face “Heavyweight” Charges

“These are heavyweight statutes. The first, statute, [18 U.S.C. §§] 793, is basically the espionage statute. It talks about things that he may have done with the documents that would result in injury to this country and… he did these things willfully. “That is serious enough that is a ten-year penalty if he’s convicted. Now, the third statute, which is …

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Trump’s Latest Defense: Everybody Takes Work Home Sometimes And It Was All Automatically Declassified

The Insider reports: Former President Donald Trump said that everyone takes work home sometimes, as he sought to develop a new line to explain why top secret government documents were stored at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.  “As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time. American presidents are no …

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DOJ Investigates Trump For Violating Espionage Act

The Insider reports: The Justice Department is investigating if former President Donald Trump violated three federal laws involving the handling of national security information when he moved government records from the White House to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving office. That’s according to the right-wing news website Breitbart, which appeared to have obtained the warrant the FBI got to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago …

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Assange Denied Permission To Appeal US Extradition

Reuters reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied permission to appeal at Britain’s Supreme Court against a decision to extradite him to the United States, the court said on Monday. While Assange’s extradition must still be approved by the government, Monday’s decision deals a serious blow to Assange’s effort to fight his deportation from Britain in the courts. U.S. …

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Facebook Bans Six Companies For Spying On Journos

NBC News reports: Spies for hire are secretly targeting journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents on behalf of corporations and governments to an extent not previously understood, Facebook’s parent company says in a new report, while banning six companies and a Chinese network named in the report from its social media platforms. “The global surveillance-for-hire industry targets people across …

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Israeli Spyware Used To Eavesdrop On US Diplomats

The Washington Post reports: Apple alerted 11 U.S. diplomats that their iPhones had been hacked in recent months by spyware from NSO Group, an Israeli-based company that helps government clients in dozens of countries secretly steal files, eavesdrop on conversations and track the movements of its targets, according to people familiar with the notifications. The news, first reported by Reuters …

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Microsoft Reports “Ongoing” Attack By Russian Hackers

The New York Times reports: Russia’s premier intelligence agency has launched another campaign to pierce thousands of U.S. government, corporate and think-tank computer networks, Microsoft officials and cybersecurity experts warned on Sunday, only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of sophisticated spy operations it had conducted around the world. The new effort is …

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Russia Accused Of Having Stolen COVID Vax Formula

The Independent reports: Russian spies stole the blueprint for the Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and used it to create their own Sputnik V jab, according to reports. UK security services have allegedly told ministers they now have solid proof an agent stole vital information from the pharmaceutical company, including the blueprint, according to The Sun. The late security minister James …

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Navy Officer Charged In Alleged Submarine Spy Plot

The Washington Post reports: A Navy nuclear engineer and his wife have been charged with repeatedly trying to pass secrets about U.S. nuclear submarines to a foreign country, in an alleged espionage plot discovered by the FBI, according to court documents. Authorities say Jonathan Toebbe, who has a top-secret clearance, “has passed, and continues to pass, Restricted Data as defined …

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NATO Expels Eight Spies From Russian Mission

Axios reports: NATO has removed eight “undeclared Russian intelligence officers” and reduced the number of accredited members allowed to work for the Russian mission from 20 to 10, a NATO official confirmed to Axios. Why it matters: It’s the first time NATO has expelled Russians claiming to be diplomats since 2018, after Russian military intelligence officers were accused of poisoning …

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Russian Spies Suspected In Directed-Energy Attacks

Politico reports: U.S. officials suspect that a notorious Russian spy agency may be behind alleged attacks that are causing mysterious health issues among U.S. government personnel across the world, according to three current and former officials with direct knowledge of the discussions. The intelligence community has not reached a consensus or made a formal determination. However, officials have told lawmakers …

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