Canada police charge Hydro-Quebec employee with spying for China

Canadian police say a public utility worker at Hydro-Quebec has been arrested for spying for China. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested Yuesheng Wang, 35, on Monday and charged him with espionage. Mr Wang “obtained trade secrets to benefit the People’s Republic of China, to the detriment of Canada’s economic interests,” police said in a statement. He will appear in court in Longueuil, Quebec, on Tuesday to face four criminal charges. The resident of Candiac, a suburb south of Montreal, is accused of obtaining trade secrets, unauthorised use of a computer, breach of trust by a public officer and … Continue reading Canada police charge Hydro-Quebec employee with spying for China

Wife of American spy gets longer prison sentence than husband

A former US Navy engineer and his wife have been jailed in West Virginia for trying to sell military secrets to an unspecified foreign country. Jonathan Toebbe, 42, had worked in the office of the chief of naval operations and was caught offering secrets about nuclear-powered submarines. He was jailed for 18 years, while his wife Diana received 21 years – a much harsher sentence than expected. The judge suggested the wife, 42, had been in charge of the operation. Court documents revealed that the former teacher had acted as a lookout for her husband when he left information at … Continue reading Wife of American spy gets longer prison sentence than husband

Norway arrests man accused of being Russian spy

Security services in Norway say they have arrested a university lecturer accused of working for Russia as a spy. Oslo’s internal security agency, the PST, arrested the man on his way to work after identifying him as a “threat to fundamental national interests”. The suspect, said to be in his 30s, had posed as a Brazilian academic, but officials say he is actually Russian. Moscow’s embassy in Oslo told local media it was unaware of the man’s identity. Norwegian officials said the man had worked as a researcher at the University of Tromso in the north of the country since … Continue reading Norway arrests man accused of being Russian spy

US charges alleged Chinese spies in telecoms probe case

Two Chinese nationals have been charged with paying thousands of dollars in cash and jewellery to obstruct a federal investigation into a major telecommunications company. According to prosecutors, the two men attempted to recruit a US law enforcement official as an intelligence asset to help interfere with the probe. The official, however, was working as a double agent for the FBI. Eleven other Chinese citizens were also charged in two other spying cases. According to charging documents, the two men – identified as Gouchun He and Zheng Wang – attempted to cultivate a relationship with a US law enforcement official … Continue reading US charges alleged Chinese spies in telecoms probe case

Former Colombian DAS intelligence director jailed for four years over spying

A Bogota court has sentenced a former director of intelligence of the former Colombian secret services (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad, DAS), Laude José Fernández Arroyo, to four years in jail for the crime of conspiracy against the Avianca airline union when Fernández was working for a security company. However, the ruling includes the statute of limitations for the crime of illegal violation of communications that he had been charged with. Specifically, Fernandez has been convicted for the interception of communications of captains Jorge Mario Medina, Jaime Hernandez and Julian Pinzo, leaders of the 2017 pilots’ strike. The ‘chuzadas’ affected not … Continue reading Former Colombian DAS intelligence director jailed for four years over spying

US army doctor and wife charged with Russia spying

A US army major doctor and her wife, a civilian doctor, have been charged with a plot to leak information to the Russian government. Jamie Lee Henry and Anna Gabrielian are accused of planning to share confidential information about patients at a military hospital. The pair allegedly told an undercover FBI agent that they were motivated by patriotism for Russia. Representatives of the couple have not yet commented on the case. There has been no comment from Russian authorities, either. The pair were charged with conspiracy and the disclosure of identifiable health information, in an indictment filed in a court … Continue reading US army doctor and wife charged with Russia spying

Update: Japan says Russia ‘blindfolded and restrained’ its consul in Vladivostok

Japan has accused Russia’s security services of blindfolding and restraining one of its diplomats in the eastern city of Vladivostok. Motoki Tatsunori, its consul in the city, was freed from custody on Tuesday after being accused of espionage – and given 48 hours to leave Russia. Moscow alleges he received secret information about its co-operation with an unnamed Asian country. Japan denies the allegation and is demanding a formal apology. Russia’s FSB security service said it had detained Mr Tatsunori on Monday for soliciting information about “the impact of Western sanctions” on Moscow after its invasion of Ukraine in February. … Continue reading Update: Japan says Russia ‘blindfolded and restrained’ its consul in Vladivostok

Russia detains Japanese diplomat ‘caught red-handed’ spying

Russia has announced that it has detained a Japanese diplomat the Kremlin claims had been caught “red-handed” spying. The diplomat was named by Moscow as Motoki Tatsunori, Tokyo’s consul in the eastern city of Vladivostok. He was accused of trying to buy classified information about another country cooperating with Russia. In a statement, Russia’s FSB security service said the Japanese diplomat accused of spying had been ordered to leave the country within 48 hours. It claimed: “A Japanese diplomat was detained red-handed while receiving classified information, in exchange for money, about Russia’s cooperation with another country in the Asia-Pacific region.” … Continue reading Russia detains Japanese diplomat ‘caught red-handed’ spying

Remember Him?: Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked extensive US intelligence surveillance operations, has been granted Russian citizenship. The decree was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Mr Snowden, 39, has been living in exile in Russia since exposing the National Security Agency (NSA) programme affecting millions of Americans in 2013. Mr Snowden, who faces espionage charges in the US, has made no public comments. In 2020, the NSA surveillance of millions of Americans’ telephone records was ruled unlawful by the US Court of Appeals. Mr Snowden said afterwards that he felt vindicated by the ruling. Top US intelligence … Continue reading Remember Him?: Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship

Iran arrests senior British diplomat for spying

Britain’s deputy of mission in Iran has been detained on a charge of spying, Reuters news agency said. The senior diplomat was said to be one of several foreigners detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.  Reuters said the detainees included Britain’s second most senior envoy in Tehran, for alleged acts of spying such as taking soil samples in restricted areas, state television reported on Wednesday. It did not say whether those detained were still under arrest. “These spies were taking earth samples in Iran’s central desert where the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace missile exercises were conducted,” state TV said. The detained Briton … Continue reading Iran arrests senior British diplomat for spying

Russian scientist Kolker held in spy probe dies of cancer

A terminally ill Russian physicist who was arrested in Siberia on suspicion of treason has died in custody after being flown to Moscow. Federal Security Service (FSB) officers took Dmitry Kolker, 54, from his hospital bed in Novosibirsk on 30 June. He had pancreatic cancer. On Sunday his son Maxim reported his death, criticising Russian prosecutors and “the state machine” over the case. The quantum and laser specialist was suspected of spying for China. On 30 June a Novosibirsk court had ordered that he be detained for two months. He was taken to Moscow’s Lefortovo prison and died later in … Continue reading Russian scientist Kolker held in spy probe dies of cancer

Russian spy arrested at Gatwick Airport

A Russian citizen has been arrested on suspicion of spying as he tried to board a flight leaving the UK. The man in his 40s was detained by counter-terrorism police at Gatwick Airport, accused of breaking the Official Secrets Act. He was taken to a police station in west London for questioning after being arrested on Monday. The arrest is understood to have followed a joint-intelligence led operation by Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism police and the British intelligence services.  Under the official secrets Act, authorities can hold the suspect for up to 96 hours before either charging or releasing him. Intelligence officers have … Continue reading Russian spy arrested at Gatwick Airport