November 10, 1989 |
A Justice Department political appointee with a high security clearance was investigated last year for possibly disclosing classified information to the government of South Africa, government sources said Thursday. The official, Roger Pilon, a Ronald Reagan appointee who headed the Office of Asylum Policy and Review, subsequently resigned, but the circumstances of his departure are now the subject of dispute.
February 26, 1993 |
A private intelligence network with ties to an American Jewish group and South Africa is under investigation for illegally tapping into police sources and collecting information on the political activities of more than 12,000 people, authorities say. As part of the investigation, San Francisco authorities say they have confiscated files containing personal information on a wide range of political activists, ethnic advocates, writers and other U.S.
August 19, 1991 |
Accused government spies said Sunday that the African National Congress systematically tortured them at its exile prison camps in Angola and Uganda. Thin and clutching their few belongings, the 32 alleged government informers returned to South Africa late Saturday after the ANC turned them over to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
February 28, 1992 |
Rocket Scientist Found Guilty: Ronald J. Hoffman, a rocket scientist employed by Science Applications International Corp., was found guilty after a two-month trial of illegally exporting military technology to South Africa and Japan and failure to register as an arms exporter. Assistant U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1990 |
U.S. Customs agents posing as brokers for South African businessmen arrested a Los Angeles engineer who has been charged with illegally attempting to sell them technical data from a restricted Strategic Defense Initiative missile research project, federal authorities said Friday. Prosecutors said that the engineer, Ronald J. Hoffman, 51, was also under investigation for exporting or agreeing to export similar data to at least four Japanese industrial firms over the last four years.
February 4, 1989 |
A British woman who fled from an outlawed guerrilla group last year was actually a South African police officer assigned to spy on the anti-apartheid movement, the government said Friday. Olivia Forsyth, 28, was held captive by the African National Congress for 22 months before she fled in May to the British Embassy in Luanda, Angola. She holed up in the embassy for six months before returning here.