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Lithuania, Norway swap spies with Russia at border

Vilnius - Russia on Friday returned two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage to Vilnius while NATO and EU member Lithuania freed two Russians jailed for spying in an exchange reminiscent of the Cold War.

Lithuania pardons Russian spies ahead of possible swap with Moscow

Vilnius - Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Friday pardoned two Russians jailed by Vilnius for espionage, an official statement said, paving the way for a possible spy swap with Moscow.

Kremlin defends Putin decorating Bulgarian 'spy'

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday defended President Vladimir Putin's decision to confer a state award on a Bulgarian charged with spying for Russia and warned of "very negative consequences" if this affected ties.

'Russians don't surrender': 'agent' Maria Butina arrives in Moscow

Moscow - Maria Butina clutched bouquets of flowers and exclaimed that "Russians don't surrender" as she arrived in Moscow on Saturday after serving nine months in a US jail for acting as a Russian government agent.

Aussie ex-intel boss charged with secrecy breach

Sydney - A former top Australian intelligence official has been charged with mishandling classified documents, officials said Thursday, years after his home was raided during an investigation into Chinese influence operations.

Russian 'agent' Maria Butina to be released from US prison

Washington - Maria Butina, the red-headed gun advocate from Russia who built a network of high-level Republican contacts before being arrested for spying, is expected to return to her country after her Friday release from a Florida prison.

Japan says citizen held in China after alleged spying reports

Bejing - Chinese authorities have detained a Japanese man in Beijing, Tokyo confirmed Monday, following media reports that a university professor was being held on suspicion of spying.

Q&A: Former NSA Chinese espionage expert details cyber-threats Special

Charity Wright, former NSA Chinese espionage expert, and current threat researcher with global threat intelligence firm, IntSights, has released a new analysis on Chinese influencer campaigns. Charity shares with Digital Journal the main findings.

Assange ordered to court for extradition hearing

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was ordered Friday to make his first in-person London court appearance to determine whether he can be released from prison as he fights extradition to the United States.

Australian bloggers held in Iran return home in possible swap

Sydney - An Australian travel-blogging couple held in Iran on spying charges have been freed and returned home, authorities said Saturday, in a possible swap for an Iranian student wanted in the US.

Australian couple charged with spying in Iran released

Sydney - An Australian travel-blogging couple who were detained in Iran on spying charges have been released and returned home, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Saturday.

Airbus hit by series of cyber attacks on suppliers

Paris - European aerospace giant Airbus has been hit by a series of attacks by hackers who targeted its suppliers in their search for commercial secrets, security sources told AFP, adding they suspected a China link.

Trudeau reassures allies over spy security breach

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday sought to reassure Canada's allies over security after a senior police intelligence officer was accused of stealing highly classified materials that, if released, could be "potentially devastating.

Iran charges three detained Australians with spying: report

Tehran - Iran has charged three detained Australians with spying, Tasnim news agency reported Tuesday, citing judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.

Arrested Canadian police official had access to foreign intelligence

Ottawa - A senior police intelligence officer arrested last week for allegedly stealing sensitive documents had access to information from Canada's foreign allies, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Monday.

Arrested Canadian police official had access to foreign intelligence

Ottawa - A senior Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) intelligence officer arrested last week for allegedly stealing sensitive documents had access to information from Canada's foreign allies, the RCMP said Monday.

Cats, dolphins and one smart raven: the CIA's secret animal spies

Washington - In early 1974, Do Da was top in espionage class, on the way to becoming a high-flying CIA agent: he handled himself better in the rough, carried heavier loads, and could brush off attackers.

Netanyahu, Trump deny report of Israeli spying near White House

Washington - President Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denied a media report that Israel spied on cell phones in the vicinity of the White House -- and President Donald Trump said he believed him.

US says reports of CIA mole in Kremlin put lives at risk

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday angrily denounced news reports detailing the secret exfiltration of a CIA mole who had operated at the top levels of the Kremlin, saying such reports could put lives at risk.

US extracted spy from Putin's Kremlin: reports

Washington - US agents extracted a high-level mole in the Russian government who had confirmed Vladimir Putin's direct role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election, American media reported.

Ex N.Korea prisoner says he was CIA spy: German media

Berlin - A former prisoner in North Korea has told German media that he used to spy for the CIA, seeking out nuclear secrets and taking pictures with a concealed wristwatch camera.

Pakistan grants India access to alleged spy on death row

Islamabad - Pakistan said it would grant consular access to an alleged Indian spy on death row Monday, weeks after the International Court of Justice called for a review of his sentence in a case that has stoked tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Mexican president says spy camera found in office

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday a "sophisticated camera" had been found in his offices, but added that he was unconcerned because he has nothing to hide.

'Help me': Aussie accused of spying in China pleads to return home

Sydney - An Australian academic arrested in China accused of being a spy has asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help him "go home as soon as possible".

South Korea to scrap military intel-sharing pact with Japan

Seoul - South Korea said Thursday it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, sparking protest from both Tokyo and Washington amid an intensifying trade and diplomatic dispute between the Asian neighbours.

Aussie ex-spy offers surprise guilty plea for leaking East Timor plot

Sydney - A former Australian spy announced a surprise guilty plea Tuesday for exposing an alleged 2004 bugging operation against East Timor officials, after years of fighting the charges.

US announces new sanctions against Russia over Skripal affair: State dept

Sydney - A new round of sanctions were imposed on Moscow Saturday by the United States over the 2018 poisoning of former double-agent Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom.

Journalists investigating Russia targeted by cyberattacks: ProtonMail

Geneva - Reporters investigating Russian military intelligence have been targeted by highly sophisticated cyberattacks through their encrypted email accounts, with evidence suggesting Moscow was responsible, the email service provider ProtonMail and journalists...

FBI: 1,000 probes into Chinese intellection property theft

Washington - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has nearly 1,000 investigations open into attempted intellectual property theft, nearly all of them involving Chinese, FBI director Christopher Wray said Tuesday.

China's police state goes global, leaving refugees in fear

Sydney - Muslims who escaped China's crackdown in Xinjiang still live in fear, saying new homes abroad and even Western passports afford them no protection against a state-driven global campaign of intimidation.
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