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Pentagon: 24,000 files stolen from defense contractor

WASHINGTON — A foreign intelligence service stole 24,000 computer files in March from a defense contractor developing systems for the US military, a top Pentagon official said Thursday. “This was significant,” Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn told reporters. “I don’t think it set us back in terms of the development…

U.S. defense contractor pleads guilty to illegal exports to China

WASHINGTON — A US defense contractor pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge of conspiring to illegally export US Defense Department weapons plans to China, in an apparent money-saving scheme, the Justice Department said. From 2004 to 2009 the New Jersey-based Swiss Technology had contracts with the Defense Department to…

Former Pres. Carter to visit Cuba, push for release of US contractor Gross

HAVANA (Reuters) - Former President Jimmy Carter, returning to Cuba for the first time since a groundbreaking 2002 trip, will start a three-day visit on Monday to discuss troubled U.S.-Cuba relations and the fate of imprisoned U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross. Although just 90 miles of water separate the two Cold War enemies, Carter, 86,…

Pakistan court acquits CIA contractor of double murder

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A CIA contractor indicted earlier in the day on two murder charges in Pakistan was acquitted and released on Wednesday after a deal to pay “blood money” to the victims’ families was reached, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters. The deal ends a long-simmering diplomatic…

U.S. contractor found guilty in Cuba trial

HAVANA (Reuters) – American contractor Alan Gross was found guilty on Saturday of working to undermine Cuba’s communist government, Cuban television said, and now faces up to 20 years behind bars in the latest blow to U.S.-Cuba relations. A panel of judges reached the widely expected verdict after hearing two…

Major defense contractor lobbyist to plead guilty in probe of illegal donations to lawmakers

A former lobbyist has decided to plead guilty and cooperate in a Justice Department probe of campaign donations to members of Congress who directed hundreds of millions of dollars to defense contractors without competitive bidding. Paul Magliocchetti pleaded not guilty to an 11-count indictment felony indictment on Aug. 20. He…

Security contractor: BP fired me for taking photos of dispersants

A security contractor who was once responsible for keeping reporters away from cleanup workers is now coming forward to blow the whistle on BP. Adam Dillon claims he was fired by the oil company after he took pictures showing how dispersants were being used in the Gulf. WDSU anchor Scott…

Pentagon backtracks after Gates ‘admits’ Blackwater operating in Pakistan

The Pentagon has gone into damage control mode after Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared to confirm that security contractor Blackwater is operating in Pakistan. The admission, quickly denied by Defense Department officials, has set fire to long-simmering rumors inside Pakistan about the involvement of for-profit contractors in the war against…

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