December 8, 2000 |
Russian officials hinted Thursday that President Vladimir V. Putin may rapidly pardon and order the release of U.S. businessman Edmond D. Pope, who was convicted this week of spying and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Anatoly Pristavkin, chairman of the president's clemency commission, said Pope sent an appeal to Putin on Thursday, a day after his sentence was handed down. Putin immediately passed it to the commission, which plans to consider it today.
November 9, 2000 |
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.
October 24, 2000 |
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.
October 19, 2000 |
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.
September 20, 2000 |
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.
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.