September 23, 2000 |
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's government sent Congress urgent legislation to disband his disgraced spy agency, shortly after opening talks with the opposition on holding new elections. The dismantling of the National Intelligence Service was a key demand of the opposition, which also warned that the talks with Fujimori would be damaged unless he arrests the agency's powerful former chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, implicated recently in a bribery scandal.
October 1, 2006 |
The police officer leading the investigation of train bombings in July that killed more than 200 people in Mumbai accused Pakistan's spy agency of masterminding the attack. Tariq Azim Khan, Pakistan's minister of state for information, denied the claim, calling it "sad and unfortunate." Mumbai police Commissioner A.N. Roy said an intensive investigation that included using truth serum in the interrogation of suspects revealed that Pakistan's top spy agency was behind the bombings.
May 7, 2004 |
The author of a disputed British intelligence dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that laid out the case for war was chosen to head Britain's MI6 spy agency. Opposition politicians said John Scarlett should not have been appointed while a government inquiry is probing why Iraq did not have the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs cited as a cause for war. British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended the appointment, saying Scarlett was chosen on merit.
April 11, 2004 |
The highly secretive National Security Agency is looking to hire 7,500 workers over the next five years in the spy agency's largest recruiting campaign since the 1980s. A release posted on the agency's website said the NSA plans to hire 1,500 workers by September, and another 1,500 in each of the next four years. Those with specialties in foreign languages, especially Arabic and Chinese, were encouraged to apply. The agency, part of the Defense Department based at Ft. Meade, Md.
March 13, 1998 |
Prosecutors arrested three high-ranking officials of South Korea's spy agency, charging that they paid a Korean American businessman to hold news conferences in Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul in December in which it was alleged that President Kim Dae Jung's presidential campaign was funded by the leader of Communist North Korea. The businessman was arrested on a libel charge in February.
March 8, 1987 |
A lawyer who represented Lebanese terrorist Georges Ibrahim Abdallah until last year has admitted that he also worked for the French counterintelligence agency and informed on his client. The Council of the Order of Lawyers has opened a disciplinary hearing into the conduct of lawyer Jean-Paul Mazurier.