espionage

Merkel to field questions from committee probing NSA revelations

Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to appear Thursday before an investigative committee of the German parliament that has been looking into the extent of NSA spying and alleged cooperation by the country's own intelligence service.

German police raid imams suspected of spying for Turkish government

German police conducted raids early Wednesday against four imams suspected of acts of espionage on behalf of the Turkish government.

WikiLeaks rejects US intelligence report that Russia leaked material

WikiLeaks on Monday rejected a US intelligence report that Russia passed on leaked information to the whistle-blowing site as part of efforts to influence the recent US elections.

Agency: Sweden was the target of 100,000 cyberattacks in 2016

Foreign spies working via the internet attacked targets in Sweden 100,000 times in 2016, the Swedish intelligence agency revealed on Sunday in an interview with broadcaster SVT.

Trump vows good relations with Russia after hacking briefing

US president-elect Donald Trump vowed Saturday to pursue good relations with Russia despite an intelligence assessment that charged Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the US presidential election.

Obama tells Trump: Vladimir Putin's not on our team

US President Barack Obama has reminded his successor that "we're on the same team," after an intelligence report said that Moscow had interfered in the US election to help Donald Trump.

US intelligence: Putin "ordered" effort to help Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered" a campaign to influence the US presidential election to undermine faith in the democratic process and hurt Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, a US intelligence assessment released Friday said.

Trump calls Russian hacking focus "political witch hunt"

Just hours before receiving a classified intelligence briefing on Russian hacking in the US presidential election on Friday, president-elect Donald Trump called the focus on the issue "a political witch hunt."

US intel officials: Russia has become more aggressive in cyberattacks

US intelligence officials testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill said Russian hacking has become more aggressive in recent years and is ongoing.

Report: Turkish spy arrested in Germany involved in killing of Kurds

A man arrested in Hamburg on suspicion of espionage on behalf of the Turkish government may have been involved in the assassination of two Kurds, German tabloid Bild reported on Sunday.

Suspected Turkish spy arrested in Hamburg

The German Federal Prosecutor's Office has had a suspected agent arrested for spying on Kurds in Germany on behalf of the Turkish government.

Trump: Democrats use Russian meddling as excuse for losing election

US president-elect Donald Trump said Sunday a report that the CIA concluded that Russia intervened in the US presidential election to boost his candidacy is "ridiculous."

Trump calls report on CIA election conclusion "ridiculous"

President-elect Donald Trump says a report that the CIA concluded that Russia intervened in the US presidential election to boost his candidacy is "ridiculous."

Iran: Saudi accusations of spying "politically motivated"

Iran on Wednesday rejected as "politically motivated" Saudi accusations that Tehran was behind a ring of spies a day after a Saudi court sentenced 15 people to death for espionage.

Saudi Arabia sentences 15 to death for spying for Iran

Fifteen people were sentenced to death on Tuesday by a Saudi court for spying for Iran.

Media: German Islamist spy mole was also gay porn star

A German intelligence official arrested on suspicion of disclosing sensitive information and planning an Islamist terrorist attack had also worked as a gay porn star, according to German media reports on Wednesday.

German intelligence worker arrested following reported Islamist plot

A German intelligence employee who was operating undercover as an Islamist has been arrested for allegedly making extremist statements online, leaking sensitive material and planning an attack, local media reported Tuesday.

Norwegian Supreme Court rejects Snowden petition for safe passage

The Norwegian Supreme Court Friday rejected an appeal by US whistleblower Edward Snowden to secure assurances he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway.

Russian ex-naval officer detained on suspicion of spying for Ukraine

Russian authorities have detained a former naval captain in Crimea on suspicion of spying for Ukraine, the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor agency of the Soviet KGB, said Thursday.

Court: Germany does not have to hand over NSA list of spying targets

A list of spying targets given to German intelligence by the United States does not have to be made available to a parliamentary committee investigating the affair, the country's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday.

Report: US-Iran dual nationals jailed for spying in Iran

A court in Iran has sentenced two US-Iranians to 10 years in prison each on spying charges, news agency Mizan reported Tuesday.

Putin confidant denies plans for new KGB in interview

The KGB secret service is not being revived in Russia, former Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov said in an interview published Tuesday.

Assange's internet cut after leak of Clinton documents

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had his internet access cut off after his platform leaked documents about US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the website said Monday.

Report: US preparing retaliatory cyber attack on Russia

US intelligence officials are preparing a possible cyber attack against Russia in response to Russian hackers' alleged attempts to influence the US election, NBC News reported.

Norwegian freedom of speech group postpones Snowden award ceremony

The Norwegian branch of writers' group PEN postponed an award ceremony for Edward Snowden on Tuesday amid legal efforts to secure assurances he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway.

NSA contractor accused of stealing highly classified material

A government contractor working for the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been charged with stealing highly classified material, the US Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Norwegian court rejects Snowden petition seeking safe passage to Oslo

A Norwegian court Wednesday rejected a petition by Edward Snowden that sought assurance he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway to accept an upcoming award.

Suspected spy sentenced to three years after plea agreement

The High Court in Belgrade has upheld a plea agreement with Cedo Colovic, charged with spying for Croatian intelligence services, sentencing him to three years in prison, the court said Tuesday.

Media says espionage suspect goes for plea bargain with prosecution

Cedo Colovic, a 57-year-old suspected by Serbia of spying for Croatia, has agreed to a plea bargain with the prosecution in return for a three-year custodial sentence, Radio-Television Serbia (RTS) reported on Monday quoting court sources.

Belgrade: Espionage suspect questioned, prosecutors want him in custody

Serbian prosecutors on Sunday questioned a man arrested in Belgrade on Friday on suspicion of spying for Croatia and the prosecutors asked that he be remanded in custody, on which a decision will be made by the end of the day.

HDZ leader comments on alleged espionage case

Commenting on the arrest of an alleged Croatian spy in Belgrade, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that it was "one in a number of unusual cases that have been happening lately in the Croatian and Serbian media arenas."

Grabar-Kitarovic: Serbia's behaviour, espionage case odd

The prosecutorial authorities in Belgrade said on Friday that the security-intelligence agency BIA had arrested a man, holding both Croatian and Serbian citizenship, on suspicion of espionage

German spooks monitored EU, NATO government members, report says

New details have emerged on the scale of spying by Germany's foreign intelligence in previous years on members of EU governments and NATO countries in a parliamentary committee report seen by dpa.

US whistleblower Snowden files petition to accept Norwegian prize

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has filed a petition in Norway to ensure he can visit the country to accept an award without fear of extradition to the United States, a Norwegian law firm said Thursday.

WikiLeaks: US intelligence snooped on Merkel's calls to UN chief

The leaders of Germany, France, Italy and the United Nations were all targets of spying by the US intelligence service, according to the latest revelations by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Denmark involved in US plan to return whistle-blower Snowden

Denmark was involved in US plans to extradite former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to the United States in 2013, Danish Justice Minister Soren Pind said Friday.