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February 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The jury in the Alexandria trial of spy suspect Brian Patrick Regan finished a second day of deliberations and recessed for the weekend. The jury is scheduled to return Tuesday. Regan, 40, of Bowie, Md., is accused of attempted espionage for Iraq, Libya and China. He has pleaded not guilty. A retired Air Force master sergeant, Regan worked for the National Reconnaissance Office, a government spy agency, first while in the military and then for TRW Inc., a defense contractor.
June 1, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - China has arrested an employee of the Ministry of State Security on suspicion of spying for the United States, Hong Kong media reported Friday. The employee is said to be a 38-year-old man who was a secretary to Qiu Jin, the deputy minister of state security. He is alleged to have been recruited and trained by the CIA and was arrested sometime this year. "He helped to successfully penetrate the state security department and became aide to the vice minister … and was able to get his hands on core secrets of senior state officials," a report in the Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily said.
February 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Jurors in Alexandria recessed without reaching a verdict in the trial of suspected spy Brian Patrick Regan. The jury is to resume deliberations today. Regan is accused of offering to sell classified data for $13 million to Iraq, Libya and China. If convicted, the jury would then consider whether to impose the death penalty. In that case, he could be the first American executed for espionage since the Rosenbergs in 1953, who were convicted of conspiring to steal atomic secrets for the Soviets.
June 3, 2009 | Associated Press
A Chinese-born engineer stole trade secrets critical to the U.S. space program and passed them to China for three decades without detection, a federal prosecutor in Santa Ana said Tuesday during opening statements. The non-jury proceeding against former Boeing Co. engineer Dongfan "Greg" Chung represents the first time an economic espionage case has reached trial in the United States. Six similar cases have settled before trial since the Economic Espionage Act passed in 1996.
March 29, 1987
In his article (Opinion, March 15), "Israel: Old Ally, Old Snoop," James Bamford quotes from an unconfirmed "secret CIA report" to raise an issue that many American Jews fear will come to haunt them in the wake of the Jonathan Pollard spy case: that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to America, and thus cannot be trusted. This notion is frightening and dangerous to Jews. Bamford's article is typical of the hysteria of commentators about the patriotism and loyalty of America's Jews.
November 6, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A former intelligence analyst with a supersecret Pentagon agency was indicted on charges he was a spy for the Soviet KGB. A grand jury in Alexandria, Va., alleged that David Sheldon Boone, analyst for the National Security Agency, spied for the Soviet security and espionage agency in the late 1980s, then fell prey this year to an FBI sting operation. The department said the Soviets paid Boone $60,000 for a variety of top-secret documents. Boone was arrested last month at a Virginia hotel.
April 28, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Walter Schneir, 81, whose 1965 book "Invitation to an Inquest" on the Rosenberg spy case firmly proclaimed their innocence, died April 11 of thyroid cancer at his home in Pleasantville, N.Y., the New York Times reported. Written with his wife Miriam, the book reignited the debate over whether Julius Rosenberg and his wife Ethel committed espionage by giving U.S. nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. The Rosenbergs were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in March 1951 and executed June 19, 1953.
January 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A suburban Detroit man accused of spying for Saddam Hussein's regime and sharing information with the executed Iraqi dictator's intelligence service has pleaded guilty to aiding Iraq without approval from the U.S. government. Najib Shemami, 60, was accused of traveling to Iraq to report on U.S. and Turkish military activities and to supply information about Iraqi natives living in the United States. Defense lawyer Ed Wishnow says he'll argue at sentencing in May that the Sterling Heights man was coerced by Saddam's regime.
October 3, 2008 | H.G. Reza
The last member of a ring that sent information about sensitive U.S. military technology to China was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison. Rebecca Chiu, 65, also agreed to give up her U.S. citizenship. She pleaded guilty in 2007 to acting as an unregistered agent of China. Chiu's husband, Chi Mak, was convicted of conspiring to export U.S. military technology to China and sentenced to 24 years and five months. Mak's brother, Tai Mak, received 10 years for his part in the plot.
July 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Ruth Greenglass, whose testimony in a sensational Cold War espionage trial helped send her sister-in-law Ethel Rosenberg to the electric chair, has died. She was 84. Greenglass and her husband, David, had been living under aliases to avoid association with the case that led to the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953. Greenglass' death was revealed in court documents filed by prosecutors in June. Social Security records confirmed that she died April 7 in New York.
May 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it agreed to $600,000 in settlements and judgments against several private investigators involved in the Hewlett-Packard Co. boardroom spying case. The FTC last year filed a complaint against those investigators for allegedly obtaining consumers' private phone records without their knowledge and consent and selling them to third parties. Palo Alto-based HP hired the investigators in 2005 to secretly examine the private telephone logs of journalists, board members and HP employees to identify the source of leaks to the media.
June 7, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A Downey woman accused of being part of a ring that sent information about sensitive U.S. military technology to China pleaded guilty on the eve of her trial. Rebecca Chiu, 63, pleaded guilty Tuesday night to acting as an unregistered agent of China and agreed to serve 36 months in federal prison, said defense attorney Stanley Greenberg. Chiu, a naturalized U.S. citizen, also agreed to renounce her American citizenship, he said. The agreement with the U.S.
June 5, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The brother, sister-in-law and nephew of a Chinese American engineer who was convicted last month of conspiring to pass information about U.S. naval technology to China pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from the same case. Tai Mak, 57, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana to violating export-control laws. His wife, Fuk Heung Li, 49, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the violation of those laws.
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