August 30, 2000 |
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."
July 5, 2000 |
A French state prosecutor has launched a preliminary judicial investigation into the workings of the United States' "Echelon" spy system of satellites and listening posts, the prosecutor's office said Tuesday. Echelon, set up during the Cold War, can intercept millions of telephone, fax and e-mail messages, and Washington has been accused of using it for economic espionage against its allies, a charge it denies. The investigation, which could spark a diplomatic quarrel with the U.S.
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April 17, 2000 |
It is a cry as old as the Book of Exodus and as urgent as the plight of 13 Iranian Jews facing what U.S. and Israeli officials call "baseless" espionage charges: "Let my people go." From a small courtyard commemorating the Holocaust, the cry arose again Sunday as more than 300 Jews gathered for an emergency vigil at the Simon Wiesenthal Center to lend their voices to the demand that Iran free 13 men accused of spying for the U.S. and Israel.
April 14, 2000 |
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.
April 13, 2000 |
Two of America's top spymasters fervently denied Wednesday accusations that they illegally snoop on U.S. citizens at home and abroad by secretly reading e-mail, tapping cellular phones or even listening to baby monitors. In a scene sometimes reminiscent of the spy scandals of the 1970s, when congressional hearings exposed flagrant abuses by U.S. intelligence services, the House Intelligence Committee grilled George J. Tenet, who heads the CIA, and Lt. Gen. Michael V.
April 8, 2000 |
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.
April 5, 2000 |
Nearly all Korean agents sent behind enemy lines by the CIA during the Korean War were either killed or doubled as spies for the Communists, causing the agency to conclude that its use of American-trained loyalists was "morally reprehensible," according to declassified records. The judgment is significant not only for the internal conflicts it exposes but also because the CIA has never publicly acknowledged the scope or outcome of its covert operations during the war.
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.