Espionage

In this Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 photo, Giacomo Ziani, the co-founder of the app ToTok, speaks to The Associated Press in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Ziani, whose video and voice calling app is suspected of being a spying tool of the United Arab Emirates, defended his work in an interview with the AP, while denying knowing that people and companies linked to the project had ties to the country's intelligence apparatus. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
January 02, 2020 - 6:28 pm
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — If the popular ToTok video and voice calling app is a spying tool of the United Arab Emirates, that’s news to its co-creator. Giacomo Ziani defended his work in an interview with The Associated Press and said he had no knowledge that people and companies...
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013 file photo, a worker looks at his mobile phone at the newly opened Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to a New York Times report, ToTok, a chat app that quickly became popular in the United Arab Emirates for communicating with friends and family, is actually a spying tool used by the government to track its users. (Patrick Castillo/Emarat Al Youm via AP, File)
December 23, 2019 - 1:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A chat app that quickly became popular in the United Arab Emirates for communicating with friends and family is actually a spying tool used by the government to track its users, according to a newspaper report. The government uses ToTok to track conversations, locations, images and...
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December 23, 2019 - 11:43 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A U.S. diplomat on Monday visited an American jailed in Moscow for nearly a year on spying charges and said he is in good condition mentally. Paul Whelan was arrested at a Moscow hotel at the end of last year and charged with espionage. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted, but...
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Alexander Vavilov, the Toronto-born son of Russian spies, whose Canadian citizenship has now been affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada, poses for a portrait after speaking to media in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 20, 2019 - 10:46 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The son of a Russian spy couple who lived clandestine lives in Canada and the United States said Friday that he wants a future in Canada after the country's Supreme Court ruled he can keep his Canadian citizenship. Alexander Vavilov was born in Toronto, which would typically qualify...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2010, file photo, Alex Vavilov, right, and his older brother brother Tim leave a federal court after a bail hearing for their parents Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley, in Boston, Massachusetts. Canada's Supreme Court has ruled on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, that Alex Vavilov, the son of a Russian spy couple who lived clandestine lives in Canada and the United States, can keep his Canadian citizenship. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
December 19, 2019 - 6:22 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that he son of a Russian spy couple who lived clandestine lives in Canada and the United States can keep his Canadian citizenship. Alexander Vavilov was born in Toronto, which would typically qualify him for Canadian citizenship. But authorities...
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FILE - The undated file photo shows German Nazi party official and head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler. at unknown location in Germany. (AP Photo/str/file)
December 19, 2019 - 9:26 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign intelligence agency has declassified documents regarding its employment of the daughter of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler as a secretary in the early 1960s, the country's top-selling newspaper reported Thursday. The BND agency declassified the documents on Gudrun Burwitz-...
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In this image provided by Mark Kelton, Lenny Kravitz, the headliner at this years Spookstock concert poses with Army Gen. Tony Thomas, former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the annual Spookstock event, While many Washington insiders haven’t heard of it, the annual charitable event, held each year in an undisclosed Washington location, has become a centerpiece for Washington’s tight-knit intelligence-military special operations community. It has raised millions to fund higher education for the children of CIA field officers and special operations soldiers killed on duty. (Mark Kelton via AP)
November 29, 2019 - 9:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime earlier this year, one of the most elite social events in Washington took place, but without any fanfare or news coverage. It drew about 1,800 attendees and Grammy-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz performed. Yet there were no written invitations, and the actual date and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, U.S. attorney David Anderson announces criminal spy charges against San Francisco Bay Area tour operator Xuehua Edward Peng, in San Francisco. Federal prosecutors in Northern California say Peng was an illegal foreign agent who delivered classified U.S. natural security information to officials in China. Peng agreed to plead guilty to serving as an unregistered agent for China in exchange for a possible reduced prison sentence, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Janie Har, File)
November 25, 2019 - 8:12 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A former San Francisco Bay Area tour operator agreed Monday to plead guilty to serving as an unregistered agent for China in exchange for a possible reduced prison sentence. Xuehua Edward Peng agreed in court to a four-year prison term and a fine of $30,000 in a plea deal...
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People walk past a building listed as the address of China Innovation Investment Limited in Hong Kong, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Australia’s Treasurer on Saturday labeled detailed accusations of China infiltrating and disrupting democratic systems in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan as “very disturbing.” A Chinese defector revealed he was part of the Hong Kong-based investment firm, which was a front for the Chinese government to conduct political and economic espionage in Hong Kong, including infiltrating universities and directing bashings and cyber attacks against dissidents. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
November 24, 2019 - 2:54 am
PERTH, Australia (AP) — China denied the explosive claims of a self-confessed spy seeking asylum in Australia, saying Sunday he is a convicted fraudster wanted by Shanghai police. The Nine Network newspapers reported that Chinese defector Wang “William” Liqiang has given Australia’s...
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The offices of China Innovation Investment Limited are seen in an office building in Hong Kong, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Australia’s Treasurer on Saturday labeled detailed accusations of China infiltrating and disrupting democratic systems in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan as “very disturbing." A Chinese defector revealed he was part of the Hong Kong-based investment firm, which was a front for the Chinese government to conduct political and economic espionage in Hong Kong, including infiltrating universities and directing bashings and cyber attacks against dissidents. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
November 23, 2019 - 5:19 am
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A self-confessed Chinese spy has given Australia's counterespionage agency inside intelligence on how Beijing conducts its interference operations abroad and revealed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong, media reported. Australian...
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