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Assange denies having any contact with Bradley Manning

US inching closer to conspiracy or espionage indictment Julian Assange, founder of secrets outlet WikiLeaks, insisted during a Friday morning interview that he’s never met or even spoken to Pvt. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of sending his site troves of secret files. This comes as lawyers presented the House…

Espionage Act endangers First Amendment rights, ACLU warns

Applying the US Espionage Act to third-party publishers of classified information like WikiLeaks would violate protected speech rights, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told members of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday. “If the Espionage Act were to be applied to publishers, it would have the unconstitutional effect of infringing…

Espionage Act ‘makes felons of us all,’ legal expert warns

The US Espionage Act could make “felons of us all,” a legal expert warned Monday as the House Judiciary Committee announced plans to reexamine the “constitutional issues raised by WikiLeaks.” Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have warned that US authorities are seeking to charge him with spying charges under…

Russian ‘sleeper spy’ found in British parliament

LONDON — A Russian woman working in the British parliament is to be deported after security services arrested her on suspicion of espionage, The Sunday Times reported. Britain’s domestic intelligence service MI5 decided that Katia Zatuliveter, 25, who works for Mike Hancock, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of…

US, Russia planning Cold War-style prisoner swap?

NEW YORK — US officials Wednesday laid formal charges against 11 alleged members of a Kremlin spy ring, as Russia and the United States were said to be planning a dramatic Cold War-style prisoner swap. Justices ordered two suspects detained in Boston and three in the Washington area to be…

US jails Chinese-born engineer 15 years for spying

A Chinese-born aerospace engineer was jailed for more than 15 years Monday after being convicted of selling technology related to the US space shuttle program to China, officials said. Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 73, was convicted last year of stealing trade secrets from Boeing and Rockwell during a three-decade career where…

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