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Canada’s spy chief: Espionage has reached Cold War-level

OTTAWA — Canada’s spy chief warned Tuesday that state-sponsored espionage against his country has reached “levels equal to, or greater than those witnessed during the Cold War.” Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said in a report presented to parliament on Monday that foreign governments “continue to…

Rep. Peter King introduces anti-WikiLeaks legislation

Legislation aimed at helping the United States prosecute WikiLeaks and other sources of leaked information was introduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) Tuesday. “Julian Assange and his associates who have operated and supported WikiLeaks not only damaged US national security with their releases of classified…

Noam Chomsky urges Iran to release captive Americans

World-renowned scholar and MIT professor Noam Chomsky released a video message calling on Iran to release two Americans detained on suspicions of espionage. Three Americans hiking along the Iran-Iraq border were detained in Tehran on charges of espionage in 2009. One of them, Sarah Shourd, was released last September. The…

Jailed US spy sent secrets to Moscow while in prison

LOS ANGELES — A former CIA agent jailed for spying for Russia in 1997 had eight years added to his prison term Tuesday, after admitting using his son to pass more secrets to Moscow while behind bars. Harold James Nicholson, 59, is serving over 23 years in the northwest state…

WikiLeaks ‘actually based on espionage,’ new ‘Miss America’ declares

Some beauty queens might expect to get questions about world peace. But the question asked of the newly minted Miss America on Saturday night touched on a less generalized topic: secrets outlet WikiLeaks. “Everybody’s talking about the WikiLeaks, how do we balance people’s right to know with the need for…

France fears ‘economic war’ over Renault leaks

France’s industry minister warned on Thursday that the country faces “economic war” after revelations that industrial espionage at Renault had targeted the automaker’s key electric cars division. “The expression ‘economic war’, while sometimes outrageous, for once is appropriate,” said Minister Eric Besson. “It (the Renault case) appears to concern the…

Espionage Act ‘threatens every left wing activist,’ son of executed US communists declares

As US officials investigated whether they can charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the 1917 US Espionage Act, a voice of remarkable experience with the controversial law spoke out in defense of the secrets proprietor, suggesting his indictment under the act would yet again transform “dissent into treason.” Robert Meeropol’s…

Former GOP congressman predicts new Sedition Act

Desire to stop secrets outlet WikiLeaks from disclosing more US documents could lead to a new Sedition Act, according to former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA). Try as they might, US officials will not be able to convict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under current laws and will resort to passing new…

Assange: ‘High chance’ I’d be killed ‘Jack Ruby-style’ in US prison

LONDON — WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange said in an interview published Thursday there was a “high chance” he would be killed in a US jail if he were to be extradited from Britain on espionage charges. The Australian is on bail in Britain fighting a bid by Sweden to extradite…

US press should fear being targeted: Assange

WASHINGTON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday that a US government effort to prosecute him should serve as a warning to journalists in the United States. Assange, in an interview with the MSNBC television network, said there has been a “quite deliberate attempt to split off our organization from…

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