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  • The FBI Thought AIPAC’s Rosen Was a Spy for Israel

    01/19/2011 3:55:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    commentary mag ^ | 1/19/11 | Alana Goodman
    The Washington Times reported today that the FBI believed that former AIPAC lobbyist Steven Rosen was a spy for Israel when it got a warrant to search his office in 2004. The evidence? Rosen was allegedly taking notes during meetings with U.S. officials and then passing the information along to other officials. So basically, he was being a lobbyist. Which makes sense, since that was his job. But that logic didn’t seem to faze the FBI, which used the information to portray Rosen as an Israeli agent in order to embark on what sounds like a fishing expedition. “Based upon...
  • Protesters gather at Beale Air Force Base { Pfc. Bradley Manning }

    12/29/2010 12:46:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 21+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/29/10 | Bill Lindelof
    Peace groups outside the main gate of Beale Air Force Base today are protesting the treatment of the private suspected of handing secret reports over to WikiLeaks. They are also calling on military personnel at the base to resist war and the use of the drones. Protesters from Veterans for Peace, CodePINK and other groups are asking for "basic constitutional principles and human rights" be extended to Pfc. Bradley Manning. Manning is suspected of downloading thousands of secret reports and diplomatic cables and handing them over to WikiLeaks. The protesters are encouraging members of the military at the base near...
  • Iran hangs 'Mossad spy'

    12/28/2010 12:34:01 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies · 3+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 28 Dec 2010 | anon
    Iran hanged on Tuesday a man found guilty of giving information on Iranian missiles to Israeli intelligence service Mossad, state news agency IRNA reported, quoting the Tehran prosecutor's office. Ali Akbar Siadat was hanged in Tehran's Evin prison after having been condemned to death for "working for Mossad," said the prosecutor's office, IRNA reported. Siadat was found guilty of having had links with Mossad for six years, said IRNA. "He had received $60,000 to give classified information to the Zionist regime," IRNA reported. IRNA said Siadat had acknowledged having established contacts with one Israeli embassy overseas and that he had...
  • Walmart, Homeland Security team up for snitch-and-spy program

    12/09/2010 9:26:59 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 18 replies
    Oklahoma Watchdog ^ | December 8, 2010 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- This month, Arkansas-based retailer Walmart has announced that they are joining the Department of Homeland Security in their fight against terror taking part in their “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. At the DHS blog, Secretary Janet Napolitano states that “Homeland security starts with hometown security and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe.” According to the site, this program initially started with New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and it was funded, in part, by a $13 million grant via the DHS Transit Security Grant Program.
  • Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths

    12/07/2010 6:38:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 104 replies · 1+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12/7/10 | Julian Assange
    IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide's The News, wrote: "In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win." His observation perhaps reflected his father Keith Murdoch's expose that Australian troops were being needlessly sacrificed by incompetent British commanders on the shores of Gallipoli. The British tried to shut him up but Keith Murdoch would not be silenced and his efforts led to the termination of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. Nearly a century later, WikiLeaks is also fearlessly publishing facts that need to be made public. I grew up...
  • Feinstein calls for spy charges against WikiLeaks founder

    12/02/2010 9:50:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/2/10 | Foon Rhee
    Count Sen. Dianne Feinstein among those who believe that the leak of tens of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables is not only embarrassing and damaging to foreign policy, but illegal.  Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today urged Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for espionage, along with "any and all of his possible accomplices."  "The unauthorized release of this information, including the recent release of approximately 250,000 State Department documents, is a serious breach of national security and could be used to severely harm the United States and its worldwide interests," the California Democrat...
  • Spy games

    11/13/2010 9:13:24 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | November 13th, 2010 | Jim Emerson
    The cover story Last June the FBI arrested 11 Russian spies. Ten were arrested in Yonkers, Manhattan, New Jersey, Boston and Virginia, one was arrested in Cyprus. The capability of these spies sounded like characters from an Ian Fleming or Tom Clancy novel; “excellent training, cutting-edge gadgetry, deep knowledge of American culture and meticulously constructed cover stories. According to the FBI the agents were under “painstaking surveillance” and that “you can’t take down one without taking down all of them.” The spies were charged with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government and money laundering. No...
  • Top Russian spy defects after betraying U.S. ring

    11/11/2010 6:33:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 11, 2010 | Thomas Grove
    Top Russian spy defects after betraying U.S. ring By Thomas Grove Thomas Grove 21 mins ago MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia's deep cover U.S. spying operations has betrayed the network and defected, a Russian paper said on Thursday, potentially giving the West one of its biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War. The newspaper, Kommersant, named the man as Colonel Shcherbakov, and said he was responsible for unmasking a Russian spy ring in the United States in June whose arrests humiliated Moscow and clouded a "reset" in ties with Washington. The betrayal would make Shcherbakov...
  • Top Russian spy defects after betraying ring in U.S.

    11/11/2010 4:32:14 PM PST · by combat_boots · 16 replies
    Al-Reuters (Link Only....Yahoo) ^ | 12 Nov 2010 | Thomas Grove
    (Link only.) Perhaps the biggest catch since the Cold War, or so the article says. Head of US deep cover.
  • Ex-Spy Anna Chapman Bares Almost Everything For Russian Maxim

    10/19/2010 6:03:23 PM PDT · by klpt · 54 replies · 3+ views
    Baltimore sun ^ | October 19, 2010 | WPIX NEWSROOM
    <p>NEW YORK (WPIX) — Anna Chapman appears to be the spy making the most out of her overnight celebrity following her arrest and ultimate deportation for her part in a Russian spy ring. A scantily clad Chapman, 28, is featured on next month's cover of Russian's edition of Maxim magazine, editors revealed Tuesday. The red-headed spy dons black lingerie, diamond earrings, a silver automatic and a coy yet sexy smile.</p>
  • Anna Chapman, glamorous Russian spy, bids farewell to astronauts

    Anna Chapman, the Russian spy deported from the US, is living the life of a celebrity at home, defying espionage convention and casting doubt over whether she was ever a real spy. Clad in a hot red jacket and tight-fitting black slacks, Ms. Chapman was today spotted smiling and waving at the former Soviet space launch center Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, as she attended an exclusive farewell ceremony for Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka and American astronaut Scott Kelly. The team later blasted off for the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz TMA-M space vehicle. Since being repatriated...
  • California man admits illegally working as Yemeni agent

    10/09/2010 2:01:05 AM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/10 | Associated Press
    Amen Ahmed Ali of Bakersfield pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally exporting military equipment, possession of stolen U.S. property and conspiracy to act as an illegal agent for a foreign country.
  • U.S. Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority (More Intrusion from the One)

    09/27/2010 7:03:18 AM PDT · by LUV W · 51 replies ^ | September 27,2010 |
    The Obama administration is developing plans that would require all Internet-based communication services -- such as encrypted BlackBerry e-mail, Facebook, and Skype -- to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders, according to a report published Monday.
  • Detectives believe dead M16spy may have zipped himself in bag in bizarre sex game that went wrong

    09/11/2010 6:15:04 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 53 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 12, 2010 | Simon Walters and Glen Owen
    Snips from excerpt only website: His body was found in an extra-large North Face bag, a type which is favoured by explorers because of its 140 litres of storage capacity, durable material, double stitching, twin haul handles and locking zips.  Erotic asphyxiation is defined as the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. There were also rumours that Mr Williams was the victim of a professional ‘hit’. Other theories included the suggestion that he had been murdered by Russian agents.  Tests on his body were ordered to establish whether he was poisoned, as happened when Polonium 210...
  • Mystery Over Russian General Found Dead on Turkish Beach

    09/05/2010 8:47:38 PM PDT · by anymouse · 35 replies
    Guardian News (UK) ^ | Wednesday 1 September 2010 | Luke Harding
    A mysterious accident in which one of Russia's most powerful spies was found dead on a Turkish beach has provoked speculation that the deputy head of the country's foreign military intelligence service had been murdered. (snip) The general was last seen visiting the building site for a new Russian military base in the Syrian coastal city of Tartus, which is being expanded as a base for Russia's Black Sea fleet. After his visit, he left for a meeting with Syrian intelligence agents. He then went missing, the Turkish newspaper Vatan reported today. (snip) The Kremlin assigned Ivanov to lead its...
  • Top Russian Spy’s Body Washes Up 'After Swimming Accident’

    09/01/2010 2:20:08 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 31 Aug 2010 | Andrew Osborn
    The body of one of Russia’s top spies has washed up on the Turkish coast after he disappeared close to a sensitive Russian naval facility in neighbouring Syria. Gen. Yuri Ivanov, 52, deputy head of GRU, the Russian military's overseas intelligence arm of Russian military, was found dead in mysterious circumstances. Major-General Yuri Ivanov, 52, was the deputy head of Russia’s foreign military intelligence arm known as GRU which is thought to operate the biggest network of foreign spies out of all of Russia’s clandestine intelligence services.
  • Chinese National Charged with Economic Espionage Involving Theft of Trade Secrets...

    09/01/2010 2:02:34 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 1+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Chinese National Charged with Economic Espionage Involving Theft of Trade Secrets from Leading Agricultural Company Based in Indianapolis WASHINGTON—Kexue Huang, aka John, 45, has been arrested and charged in a 17-count indictment with economic espionage intended to benefit a foreign government and instrumentalities, and interstate and foreign transportation of stolen property, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Morrison for the Southern District of Indiana. Huang was arrested on July 13, 2010, in Westborough, Massachusetts by FBI agents, and today made his initial appearance...
  • How to Stop the Government From Tracking Your Location (Illegally!)

    08/29/2010 3:28:46 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 56 replies · 2+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 26 August, 2010 | Jason Chen
    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just decided that it was legal for the police to put a GPS tracking device on your car, sitting in your driveway, on your property. Here's how to protect yourself.Matt's post about the decision explains in depth about the ruling. To quickly summarize, the supreme court had said before that police can look through things that anyone in the public could come across, meaning, your driveway is freely accessible to the public, hence, the cops can look through it. The 9th circuit court now says that cops can shove a GPS locator onto your car, because the area is publicly...
  • Our Worst Nightmares About the Government Tracking Us Just Came True

    08/29/2010 3:23:07 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 18 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 26 August, 2010 | Gizmodo
    It's okay for the government to plant a GPS tracker on the car parked in your driveway, tracking everywhere you go. It doesn't violate your rights, at all—according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers California, Arizona, Oregon and a bunch of the western US, has ruled that the government did nothing wrong when the DEA planted a GPS tracking device on Juan Pineda-Moreno's Jeep, which was parked in his driveway—without a search warrant. The underpinning for the ruling is that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in...
  • Video: Hot Session Scandal: 'Russian spy' Anna Chapman sued after posing for magazine
  • UK declassifies file on glamorous German spy

    08/26/2010 1:36:24 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    AP ^ | August 26 2010 | JENNIFER QUINN
    She was thought to be one of Germany's prized secret agents, described as beautiful and languid and capable of infiltrating an enemy camp, obtaining secret plans of attack, and then delivering them to her bosses. A former ballerina, Marina Lee was said to have naturally light blonde hair and to speak several languages, and a page in her security service dossier made note of intelligence passed on by the French: Very nice legs. ...One report details the debriefing a captured German agent called Gerth Van Wijk gave the secret service. He told them a story another agent called "von Finckenstein"...
  • UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

    08/25/2010 6:24:04 AM PDT · by Michael Barnes · 28 replies
    /. ^ | Aug 23, 2010 | UVB-76
    "Following days of increased activity, the Russian numbers station UVB-76 has sent out a new voice transmission. The transmission, sent out on August 23, 2010 at 9:35AM PST, recited the following in Russian: 'UVB-76, UVB-76 — 93 882 naimina 74 14 35 74 — 9 3 8 8 2 nikolai, anna, ivan, michail, ivan, nikolai, anna, 7, 4, 1, 4, 3, 5, 7, 4' The station, believed to be a part of the former Soviet Union's dead man's switch system, has been continually broadcasting for over twenty years, and its purpose has never been fully explained."
  • Alleged Mossad spy granted bail in Germany, 'can return to Israel if he wants'

    08/13/2010 10:44:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    haaretz ^ | 8/13/10 | ap
    Prosecutors accuse Uri Brodsky of illegally helping to procure a German passport used in connection with the slaying of a Hamas commander in Dubai. Prosecutors say an alleged Mossad spy wanted in connection with the slaying of a Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year has been set free on bail by a German judge on Friday. Cologne prosecutors' spokesman Rainer Wolf said after a closed-doors hearing that the suspect known as Uri Brodsky is free to travel wherever he wants to go while judicial proceedings against him in Germany will continue. Wolf said Brodsky could "return to Israel today...
  • U.S. Urges Allies to Crack Down on WikiLeaks

    08/10/2010 9:36:30 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 10, 2010 | Philip Shenon
    The Obama administration has asked Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allies to consider criminal charges against Julian Assange for his Afghan war leaks. Philip Shenon reports. The Obama administration is pressing Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allied Western governments to consider opening criminal investigations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and to severely limit his nomadic travels across international borders, American officials say. Officials tell The Daily Beast that the U.S. effort reflects a growing belief that WikiLeaks and organizations like it threaten grave damage to American national security, as well as a growing suspicion in Washington that Assange has damaged...
  • Anna Fermanova Is America's New Sexy Russian Outlaw

    Mere weeks after America banished sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman, another may have surfaced: 24-year-old Anna Fermanova is accused of smuggling military technology to Moscow. She has a bellybutton ring and wears bikinis on Facebook. Meet America's new sexy outlaw. The Smoking Gun reports that Fermanova is under house arrest in Texas awaiting trial for "knowingly and intentionally" exporting contraband weapons-grade night-vision scopes to Moscow. (She denies this, and says the scopes were for big game hunters.) She has an American cosmetology license and teaches English languages in Moscow. According to her booking papers, Anna is 5'6" and has a...
  • Police Arrest Another Sexy Russian Spy For Smuggling Night Vision Goggles (Name is also Anna)

    07/28/2010 11:39:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies · 3+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 07/28/2010 | Gus Lubin and Isabelle Schafer
    Goodbye Anna Chapman, hello Anna Fermanova. NY Post tracked down the story of a 24-year-old Latvian who was caught at JFK on her way to Moscow with a $7,000 Raptor 4X Night Vision Weapons Sight and with two other night-vision devices worth $4,000 each. The timeline is a somewhat confusing. US Customs detained the blonde bombshell back in March, confiscated her weapons gear, and allowed her to fly to Moscow. She was arrested on return to the US, earlier this month. Now she is in house arrest at her parent's place in Plano, TX. Her side of the story: "I...
  • 'Young US intel expert may have passed documents to Wikileaks'

    07/27/2010 2:38:13 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 27 July, 2010 | The Times of India
    LONDON: A 22-year-old US Army intelligence analyst, facing a court-martial, appears to be behind the biggest leak in US military history of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan that also exposed Pakistan's double- game in the war-torn country, including its Taliban links. Bradley Manning, who allegedly boasted online that he was going to reveal "the truth" about the war in Afghanistan, is believed to be the main suspect who leaked the information to Wikileaks, the Telegraph reported. Manning was arrested in Baghdad in May and charged earlier this month with multiple counts of mishandling and leaking classified data, after...
  • Putin says spies expelled from US had 'tough lives'

    07/25/2010 5:13:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 2+ views
    BBC ^ | 07/25/10
    Putin says spies expelled from US had 'tough lives' Russian PM Vladimir Putin during a visit to Ukraine. Photo: 24 July 2010 Mr Putin said that the spies "had a tough life" Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has met the Russian agents recently deported from the US - and claimed they were living "tough lives" and had been "betrayed". He told journalists that he had sung Soviet-era patriotic songs with the agents. However, Mr Putin did not say where the meeting took place. The 10 Russians admitted in a US court earlier this month to being agents for...
  • FICTITIOUS FEMME FATALE FOOLED CYBERSECURITY Intel, Defense Specialists Fell For Ruse in Test

    07/24/2010 12:21:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON ^ | 8:07 p.m., Sunday, July 18, 2010 | By Shaun Waterman
    SNIPPET: "But Robin Sage did not exist. Her profile was a ruse set up by security consultant Thomas Ryan as part of an effort to expose weaknesses in the nation's defense and intelligence communities - what Mr. Ryan calls "an independent 'red team' exercise."" SNIPPET: "Another person involved at a senior level in the U.S. military's cybersecurity efforts, who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case, called it "an object lesson in the dangers of social networking." "People feel they are safe" on the Internet, he said, but in reality, "it is a perfect...
  • How Lady Gaga Helped Leak 150,000 Classified State Department Cables

    07/10/2010 12:40:31 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Gawker ^ | 07/10/2010 | Adrian Chen
    More details are emerging about the case of Wikileaker Pvt. Bradley Manning and they are… Gagalicious. Manning's plan to download and leak thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks hinged on lip-syncing to "Telephone". Manning allegedly leaked the Iraq Apache helicopter video, and it's believed he also downloaded over 150,000 diplomatic cables from the military's SPIR-Net and shared them with Wikileaks. How did he do it without arousing suspicion? According to the New York TimesAccording to the New York Times: "He was able to avoid detection not because he kept a poker face, they said, but apparently because he hummed and...
  • New powers given to Russia's security agency

    07/21/2010 1:02:21 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    MOSCOW — The upper house of Russia's parliament on Monday passed a bill granting expanded powers to the country's main security agency, a move that critics say echoes the era of the Soviet KGB. The bill, which now goes to President Dmitry Medvedev to be signed into law, would allow the Federal Security Service to issue warnings to people suspected of preparing to commit crimes against Russia's security. Human rights and democracy activists say this power could be used to intimidate government opponents and stifle protests. "This law is targeted against the opposition ... It's a draconian law which is...
  • US Cyber Command … “Perfect Citizen” or Big Brother?

    07/18/2010 3:27:02 PM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 07-17-10 | J D Longstreet
    The Daily Mail, of the United Kingdom, is reporting on a US government program named “Perfect Citizen.” According to the report: “The US plans to install a Big Brother-style monitoring system on the computer systems of private companies and government agencies to prevent cyber-attacks from abroad. The program, named Perfect Citizen, will rely on sensors that will be deployed in networks running critical infrastructure such as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants. It will be able to detect any attempt by foreign saboteurs to launch a cyber-attack. But privacy campaigners have reacted furiously, saying that ‘mission creep’ will make it...
  • And Then There Were Twelve [yes, Russian spy again]

    07/16/2010 4:53:46 AM PDT · by vertolet888 · 19 replies · 2+ views
    The Ivanov Report ^ | July 15, 2010 | Eugene Ivanov
    One would assume that after the 10 members of the notorious "Russian spy ring" were sent to Moscow on July 9 (and the 11th disappeared in Cyprus), the number of Russian spies in the United States should have gone down. At least a bit. But it hasn't. As if produced by the skillful hand of a Secret Magician, Russian spies keep popping up -- to the joy of people who're craving to derail recent improvements in U.S.-Russia relations. On July 13, supreme forces running secret operations around the world introduced us to the "12th Russian spy", a Alexey Karetnikov, who...
  • FBI Reportedly Arrests 12th Russian Spy Suspect

    07/13/2010 9:19:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cbs news ^ | 7/13/10 | staff
    The FBI has arrested a 12th suspect linked to the alleged Cold War-style spy-ring, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The newspaper quoted an unidentified official as saying a 23-year-old Russian man had been detained, but that there was insufficient evidence to charge him with a crime. He was being held at an undisclosed location pending deportation. FBI agents reportedly became suspicious of the man and started monitoring his activities -- which were not revealed in the article --upon his arrival in the U.S. in October of 2009.
  • 10 eyes in the sky give India the space edge

    07/12/2010 4:26:39 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jul 13, 2010 | The Times of India
    CHENNAI: With the successful launch of Cartosat-2B on Monday, India has reached a `critical constellation' of 10 active remote sensing satellites in space, which gives it a clear edge in the region for monitoring borders and movements across them. While mapping and infrastructure development are seen as primary applications of a remote sensing satellite, its use in spying is often underplayed. A combination of four Cartosats (1,2,2A and 2B) hovering 630 km above earth allows India to keep areas under close and prolonged surveillance. Multiple satellites ensure that a particular geographical area can be `revisited' every 48 hours. Three of...
  • Russian Spies -aka- "Undocumented" Democrats. (Video from CBS Radio Show)

    07/12/2010 8:11:13 AM PDT · by conservativefunhouse · 3 replies
    There really was not much difference between these spies and the “undocumented” aliens that have marched the streets in Arizona. They both accessed this county illegally and while they have no voting rights, they were doing every thing they could to influence the policies of this country and move us in a more liberally progressive direction, so as to benefit themselves and their home countries. Had they been American Citizens, you would have just called them Democrats. (Click link to see the video)
  • The Spy Who Knew LaGuardia

    07/11/2010 11:14:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | July 8, 2010 | YOSSI ALPHER
    As we drove into Tel Aviv along the Ayalon highway, Mikhail Milstein and I passed the LaGuardia exit. “Fiorello LaGuardia?” he asked. “Why does he have a street named after him in Tel Aviv?” I wasn’t surprised by the question. Why should a lieutenant general from Moscow know about LaGuardia? “He was mayor of New York back in the 1930s and ’40s,” I replied, “half-Jewish and a Zionist.” “I knew him,” Milstein said matter-of-factly. “I was in New York in the ’30s, posing as a Latin American student at Columbia University. One of my missions was to get to know...
  • White House Envisioned Spy Case Swap Even Before Arrests

    07/10/2010 11:01:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    ny times ^ | 7/10/10 | reported by Peter Baker, Charlie Savage and Benjamin Weiser and written by Mr. Baker.
    WASHINGTON — On a Friday afternoon in mid-June, President Obama sat down with advisers in the Oval Office and learned that the F.B.I. planned to round up the largest ring of Russian sleeper agents since the cold war. After discussion about what the agents had done, the conversation turned to the fallout: what to do after the arrests? In that moment was born a back-to-the-future plan that would play out four weeks later, a prisoner exchange with surreal and even cinematic overtones as Russian and American airplanes met on a sunny tarmac in the heart of Europe on Friday to...
  • Russian spy suspect Anna Chapman: I regret life I've chosen (e-mails 6 weeks before her arrest)

    07/10/2010 4:53:00 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 40 replies ^ | 10:00PM BST 02 Jul 2010 | Gordon Rayner and Andy Bloxham
    The British ex-husband of alleged spy Anna Chapman has disclosed a series of emails she sent him weeks before her arrest, describing her regrets over the life she had chosen. Mrs Chapman, 28, told Alex Chapman she had “suffered a lot” because of her decision to put her career ahead of a chance to start a family with him. But she said she was determined to make her new life in America work, adding: “It’s never too late to be happy and succeed.” Mrs Chapman, who was arrested in the US last weekend as part of an 11-strong suspected spying...
  • Anna Chapman: profile of a 'Russian spy' (Anna Chapman 28-year-old Russian with an IQ of 162)

    07/10/2010 4:16:40 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 83 replies · 2+ views ^ | 9:46AM BST 02 Jul 2010 | Stephen Adams, Andy Bloxham and Gordon Rayner
    Anna Chapman is a beautiful 28-year-old Russian with an IQ of 162, a diplomat father and a taste for the high life. She also has a romantic streak, having married her British boyfriend within a few months of meeting him. With such attributes it is hardly surprising that she has been called a real-life Bond girl. Anna Kushchenko, to use her maiden name, was born in the industrial southern Russian city of Volgograd, then Stalingrad, to a maths teacher mother, Irene, and a diplomat father, Vasily. She does not appear to have had an especially gilded youth, having suffered from...
  • Was the “Russian Spy Scandal” roll up just another White House screw up?

    07/09/2010 11:33:00 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | July 9, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    The whole escapade makes no sense. With the exception of the “money man” Christopher Metzos who escaped, none represented a threat. It would have been far better to keep the remaining 10 under observation, as they had been for years. So the question is why did the FBI roll the operation up at this time? We tend to think operations like this are well thought out and run according to plan. But it is more likely this was an enormous screw up between the FBI and the White House. First, no FBI director in his right mind would conduct such...
  • Kids might not follow deported Russian spy parents

    07/09/2010 9:05:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7-9-10 | David Caruso
    NEW YORK – Their cover blown, 10 Russian spies have given up their lives in the U.S. and headed home, but in at least one case their children probably won't follow. A lawyer for Vicky Pelaez said Thursday that the teenage son she had with fellow Russian agent Mikhail Vasenkov during the decades they spent living in New York will most likely remain in the U.S., as will her 38-year-old son from a prior marriage. More at link... "He's 17 years of age. He'll probably stay with his brother," attorney John Rodriguez said. Arrangements were being made to relocate other...
  • Spy exchange completed at Vienna airport

    07/09/2010 8:13:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07.09.10 | By Natasha Abbakumova and Andrew Higgins
    An elaborate spy swap reminiscent of the Cold War took place Friday at Vienna International Airport -- a minutely choreographed operation involving 10 members of a Russian espionage ring that infiltrated American suburbia and four Russians who had been jailed in Russia for their contacts with the West.
  • USAID funded the agro- and eco-tourism branch of the Russian spy Chapman/Kushchenko firm

    07/08/2010 9:42:49 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 9th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Deep in your heart you knew there are tax-payer’s money wasted somewhere in the whole Russian spy drama. Why did the Obama administration and the Russian government wanted to get rid of them so fast? We may never know. However we can prove that USAID funded the agro- and eco-tourism project in 2004 run by the company 4Vlast for which Anya Chapman and Vasily Kushchenko worked at the time. As you know from the previous research Chapman was the London contact person for the 4Vlast firm, Kushchenko was running their tourism firm and worked for the 4 Vlast Mrs. World...
  • Russian spy applied for jobs at think tanks with links to Obama

    07/08/2010 3:07:17 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 19 replies
    Mikhail Semenko, one of 11 Russian "illegals" accused of spying for Moscow against the United States, targeted leading Washington think tanks in an apparent effort to get close to policy makers in the American government. Semenko, 28, who speaks fluent English, Spanish and Mandarin, is understood to have sought work at the New America Foundation and the Carnegie Endowment, both influential centrist think tanks with close ties to the Obama administration. He was part of an alleged network of spies arrested on June 27 and 28 in northern Virginia, New York, Boston, New Jersey and Cyprus. A "spy swap" between...
  • Russian Spies to Fly Home

    07/08/2010 8:52:59 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 27 replies
    The U.S. and Russia have agreed to the first swap of accused spies in 24 years, and the exchange will begin to take place by the end of Thursday.Anna Chapman, will appear in New York court today and then head directly to the airport to fly back to Moscow.All 10 suspects are scheduled to be in court in New York Thursday, but it is not clear if all will be sent to Russia. At least three of the 10 have U.S. citizenship. As the U.S. and Russian governments scramble to put together a huge spy swap before the 10 accused...
  • Russia and US said to be planning spy exchange

    07/07/2010 9:19:33 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 7 replies
    BBC news ^ | Wednesday, 7 July 2010 | BBC news
    A prisoner swap is being planned to bring 10 suspected Russian spies back from the US, according to reports from Russia.
  • Moscow offers former Russian Cold War-style spy swap

    07/07/2010 8:47:31 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (via Drudge) ^ | 7th July 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    Russia has offered a mass Cold War-style 'spy swap' deal to the U.S., it was revealed today. The deal could see up to 11 convicted spies - allegedly including a Russian colonel - exchanged for 'femme fatale' Anna Chapman and her co-accused. Chapman is being held with nine others in the U.S. on accusations of being part of a 'deep cover' spy ring in the U.S. Read more:
  • Chinese court sentences US geologist to 8 years

    07/05/2010 4:59:29 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/5/10 | Charles Hutzler
    An American geologist held and tortured by China's state security agents was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for gathering data on the Chinese oil industry in a case that highlights the government's use of vague secrets laws to restrict business information. (snip) Its verdict said Xue received documents on geological conditions of onshore oil wells and a data base that gave the coordinates of more than 30,000 oil and gas wells belonging to China National Petroleum Corporation...
  • Germany Cracks Down on Chinese Regime’s Spying

    07/04/2010 11:20:27 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 4 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 28 June | Gisela Sommer
    An espionage incident only weeks prior to chancellor Angela Merkel’s planned China visit may be threatening the bilateral relations between Berlin and Beijing said German news magazine Spiegel Online in a June 26 article. Just days earlier, China’s intelligence gathering activities were prominently highlighted in a report issued by Germany’s Ministry of the Interior. Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s office is investigating two high-ranking Chinese officials on allegations of espionage, and the matter could make Angela Merkel’s upcoming China visit more difficult. According to information obtained by the Spiegel, Federal Prosecutors are investigating two Chinese individuals on accusations of spying against practitioners...