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November 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
The lawyer for an American accused of spying in Russia said Wednesday that the professor from whom Edmond D. Pope allegedly obtained technical data on a torpedo system has recanted his testimony. The court refused to immediately accept the claim. Pope, a businessman and former U.S. Navy officer, was arrested in April and is being tried behind closed doors in Moscow on charges of trying to buy classified plans for a high-speed Russian torpedo system.
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October 24, 2000 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American businessman Edmond D. Pope, in his first courtroom defense, proclaimed his innocence Monday and accused Russian investigators of deliberately excluding evidence that would clear him of spying charges. "It has become clear that there are very many inaccuracies, mistakes and instances of falsification and juggling of facts" in the prosecution case, said Pope's lawyer, Pavel Astakhov.
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October 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Opening the espionage trial against U.S. businessman Edmond Pope, a Moscow judge agreed to an independent medical examination to determine whether the American is healthy enough to remain in prison. Pope, 54, a retired Navy officer from State College, Pa., was arrested in April by Russia's Federal Security Service on charges that he tried to buy plans for a high-speed Russian torpedo. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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September 20, 2000 | Times Wire Services
A Russian court on Tuesday turned down an appeal for freedom by American Edmond D. Pope, who has been jailed for 5 1/2 months on espionage charges. Pope had asked to be freed so that he could undergo treatment for cancer. But the Moscow city court ruled that the espionage accusation is too serious to warrant freeing him. According to his family, Pope, 54, has a rare form of bone cancer that was in remission when he was arrested. The U.S.
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August 30, 2000 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.S. businessman at the center of a prolonged and increasingly testy spy scandal is in poor health and could die if Russian officials continue to deny him access to Western medical experts, his wife said Tuesday. Edmond D. Pope, 54, has been jailed here since April 3 on espionage charges for obtaining information about a Russian high-speed torpedo. His wife, Cheryl, was permitted to visit him for two hours Tuesday and described him as "very fragile."
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April 14, 2000 | Associated Press
Russian authorities said they have charged a former U.S. Navy officer with espionage after holding him in a Moscow prison for more than a week, saying he had tried to obtain military secrets. The U.S. Embassy has named the man as Edmond D. Pope, but Russia has refused to identify him or a Russian arrested as an alleged accomplice. A spokesman with the FSB, Russia's main intelligence agency, said the American faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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April 8, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. businessman arrested this week in Moscow on suspicion of espionage was identified Friday as a former naval intelligence officer who retired from the service six years ago as a captain. The FSB, the main successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, has accused the American, Edmond D. Pope, of purchasing information on defense technology from Russian scientists.
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April 6, 2000 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russia's security service said Wednesday that it has arrested a U.S. businessman for suspected espionage after he allegedly bought information on defense technology from Russian scientists. The FSB, the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB, didn't identify the American. It said it had also arrested a Russian expert on military technology who is alleged to be an accomplice.
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December 1, 1999 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian security officials said Tuesday that they had caught a U.S. diplomat red-handed trying to obtain military secrets, hours after the Pentagon announced charges against an American accused of passing secrets to Russia. The FSB, Russia's internal security service, released a black-and-white photograph of Cheri Leberknight, a second secretary at the U.S. Embassy here, and showed pictures of the high-tech espionage gadgets she allegedly had with her when she was caught Monday night.
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June 30, 1999 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian security forces rescued an American missionary Tuesday more than seven months after he was kidnapped near Russia's lawless and separatist republic of Chechnya. Herbert Gregg, 51, a native of Mesa, Ariz., appeared gaunt but cheerful as he deplaned here in the late evening after leaving the region. "I feel wonderful," he said, managing a smile behind a full beard he grew in captivity. His right hand was wrapped in a bandage.
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