Category: Miscellaneous

22 ESPIONAGE ARRESTS IN AZERBAIJAN ...

Azerbaijani officials reported last week the arrests of 22 suspects charged with being Iranian agents, amid assertions of connections to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The National Security Ministry’s short announcement gave no indication of when the arrests occurred and, therefore, was ambiguous as to whether the referred to arrests had just taken place, or if the statement …

IRANIAN SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE DE...

Earlier this month came word that the death sentence handed down by Iran’s Revolutionary Court upon the conviction of Amir Mirza Hekmati in January on charges of working for the CIA, had been overturned by that country’s Supreme Court. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei revealed at a news conference in the Iranian capital that the Supreme Court …

AFGHANISTAN ARRESTS OWN DIPLOMAT AN...

Afghan intelligence disclosed in late February the arrests of a high level Afghan diplomat along with another three government employees a month before, the four alleged to have been operatives for Pakistan and Iran. According to Lutfullah Mashal, spokesman for Afghanistan’s spy agency, the charges brought against the suspects were grounded in solid proof and related …

AMERICAN SAILOR FACES CHARGES OF AT...

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin was taken into custody by NCIS and FBI agents on December 1st of last year for various alleged espionage related offenses, and earlier this month Navy officials disclosed the formal charges filed against him. The complete tally entails four counts of attempted spying, with an additional 11 counts of…

ONETIME DUPONT SCIENTIST ENTERS GUI...

Tze Chao, an ex DuPont employee from Delaware, pled guilty to one count of economic espionage in United States District Court in San Francisco earlier this month, specifically confessing that in 2008 and 2009 he passed on DuPont trade secrets regarding titanium dioxide production to the Chinese government directed Pangang Group Company Ltd. Mr. Chao had …

TAIWANESE MILITARY SHAKEN BY SECOND...

Taiwan’s military was forced to contend once again with allegations of a spy for mainland China in their midst, amid reports at the end of February of an Air Force captain taken into custody on suspicion of handing over classified information to China, following as they do the highly publicized arrest of Army General Lo Hsien-che …

ESTONIAN COUPLE ARRESTED FOR ALLEGE...

Aleksei Dressen, a member of Estonia’s security police for almost two decades, and his wife, Viktoria Dressen, were taken into custody on February 22 at Tallinn Airport for purportedly turning over classified information and state secrets to Russia. According to prosecution spokeswoman Kadri Tammai, Mr. Dressen went to the airport to drop off a folder containing …

TWO WELSHMEN DETAINED IN LIBYA ARE ...

Nicholas Davies, a reporter known professionally as Nick Jones, and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, a cameraman, both Welsh freelancers for the Iranian television station Press TV, were arrested in Tripoli late last month, and are the subjects of an espionage investigation, according to Sadoon Alswehle, commander of the Misratan militiamen holding them. The two British citizens were being …

ISRAELI CITIZEN BEING TRIED IN ABSE...

The Egyptian daily publication Al-Ahram identified the purported Mossad accomplice of accused Israeli spy Bashar Ibrahim Abu-Zeid as Ophir Harari in its account on February 24th of the spy trial currently underway in Egypt. Jordanian engineer Abu-Zeid was an employee of the leading Egyptian mobile service provider Mobinil, and allegedly attempted to smuggle 300 SIM cards …

LEBANESE MILITARY COURT CONDEMNS TH...

A Lebanese military tribunal handed down the death penalty on February 24th to three Lebanese men convicted of espionage as Israeli agents. Lebanon and Israel are still technically at war and so a conviction on spying charges can carry a death sentence. According to Naharnet, a Lebanese news website, one of the men, Moussa Ali Moussa …

FORMER TURKISH AGENT DETAINED ON SU...

An ex operative for the MIT, Turkey’s intelligence organization, referred to only by the initials OS in that country’s news accounts, was placed in Turkish custody along with four others in early February, awaiting indictment on charges related to the kidnapping of two former Syrian military officers from a refugee camp in Hatay province, and their …

EXPULSION OF RWANDAN DIPLOMAT BY SW...

A well placed source has disclosed to the Associated Press under cover of anonymity that the Swedish government ordered a Rwandan diplomat to leave the country earlier this month because of espionage targeting Rwandan exiles living there. A second anonymous source identified the Rwandan envoy as Evode Mudaheranwa, who held the second highest ranking position at …

RUSSIAN MILITARY COURT FINDS OFFICE...

A Russian military tribunal handed down a conviction on the 10th of this month in the case of Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Nesterets, who had entered a guilty plea to charges of turning over classified information on Russian missiles to the CIA, and consequently decreed a 13 year prison term. According to the Federal Security Service, successor …

ARRESTS OF TWO ACCUSED SYRIAN SPIES...

Two men, identified solely as Akram O. and Mahmoud El A., a Syrian national and a German-Lebanese dual citizen respectively, were taken into custody in Berlin on the 7th on suspicion of espionage targeting Syrian opposition groups operating in Germany. They are alleged to have carried out a systematic monitoring spanning a number of years. The …

EX MOTOROLA EMPLOYEE FOUND INNOCENT...

U.S District Judge Ruben Castillo last week found onetime Motorola software developer Hanjuan Jin guilty of stealing industry secrets from her former employer, but failed to convict on the more serious economic espionage charges, citing insufficient evidence the naturalized American citizen was a foreign operative. The bench trial held in Chicago underscored national jitters concerning China’s …