April 4, 2000 |
In a rare reversal, Beijing's High Court has overturned the conviction of a Stanford University researcher sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for allegedly leaking Chinese state secrets, a human rights group reported Monday. The announcement came as China is trying both to head off a U.S.-backed censure vote from the U.N. Human Rights Commission and to win permanent low-tariff access to U.S. markets.
February 24, 2000 |
Is there any privacy left in the Internet Age? Not according to some Europeans, who fear that the U.S. government regularly eavesdrops on their phone calls, reads their e-mail, checks their pagers and scans their faxes. The suspected snoops mostly work for America's largest and perhaps most secretive spy service, the National Security Agency. Responsible for providing U.S.
January 26, 2000 |
A U.S. college librarian harmed China's national security by taking large batches of secret documents out of the country and has confessed, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. Song Yongyi, who worked at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and had planned to become a U.S. citizen last September, was on a summer trip to China to collect source material on the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. Police detained him and his wife in August but allowed her to return to the United States in November.
July 7, 1999 |
After 18 months of tentative overtures between Iran and the United States, prospects for rapprochement have been seriously endangered by the arrest of 13 Iranian Jews on charges of spying for Israel and the United States, according to U.S. officials. The arrests, which occurred several months ago but were not revealed publicly until last month, threaten to become a cause celebre of the magnitude of the Salman Rushdie case.
June 12, 1999 |
The head of Iran's judiciary said Friday that 13 Iranian Jews held on charges of spying for Israel and the United States could face the death penalty, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. "The laws [in Iran] have their own prescriptions which at certain instances provide for the capital punishment of spies," the agency, monitored in Dubai, quoted the Ayatollah Mohammed Yazdi as telling thousands of worshipers attending Friday prayers at Tehran University. U.S.
January 8, 1999 |
Iraq leveled a new charge of espionage at U.N.-sponsored personnel Thursday in an escalating controversy touched off by reports of intelligence-sharing between the Clinton administration and the U.N. commission established to destroy Baghdad's weapons of mass destruction.
January 7, 1999 |
Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.S. State Department and the chief U.N. arms inspector for Iraq all denied Wednesday that U.N. weapons teams collected sensitive electronic intelligence for the Clinton administration designed to topple the government of Saddam Hussein. "We not only have no convincing evidence of these allegations, we have no evidence of any kind," said Fred Eckhard, Annan's spokesman. "Have we facilitated spying? Are we spies?
November 19, 1998 |
A U.S. telephone technician who was arrested on spying charges in Russia last year has sued his employer, Qualcomm Inc., claiming the company was responsible for his arrest, his lawyer said. Richard Bliss, who still works at the San Diego-based wireless phone company, claims he was arrested as a direct result of the company's failing to secure the permits he needed to carry out his work.
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September 1, 1998 |
Three months after he was arrested as a suspected spy in North Korea, a 73-year-old pastor from Lomita came home Monday, landing in the arms of his grandchildren and a family bound tighter by a struggle to see him released. The Rev. Kwang Duk Lee, who routinely travels to the famine-stricken country on humanitarian missions, was detained May 26 while trying to get financing for a soybean processing plant, his family said.
July 29, 1998 |
North Korea, Iran, China, Russia and other countries are concealing ballistic missile programs from U.S. spy satellites by using enormous underground facilities to build and test the weapons, according to members of a bipartisan congressional commission. The elaborate underground construction is one factor contributing to what the panel described as the "erosion" of U.S. intelligence agencies' ability to monitor weapons proliferation.