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After spy freed, CIA touts ‘healthy’ Pakistan ties

WASHINGTON – The CIA said Wednesday it enjoyed a “healthy partnership” with Pakistan’s intelligence service after an American spy accused of murder was freed by Islamabad authorities. A Pakistan court on Wednesday released the CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, who was accused of double murder, after $2 million in blood money…

Lawmaker: Chinese hackers accessed South Korean military’s files

SEOUL (AFP) – Chinese computer hackers last June gained access to secret South Korean military files on a planned spy plane purchase from the United States, a Seoul lawmaker says. The hackers accessed information in defence ministry computers on the plan to buy unmanned Global Hawk aircraft, said Shin Hak-Yong,…

Cuba seeks 20-year sentence for alleged US spy

HAVANA – Cuban prosecutors will seek a 20-year prison sentence for U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, accused of crimes against the state, Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Friday, in a case that has stalled progress in U.S.-Cuba relations. A government statement posted on the paper’s website said Gross was…

US plan: Replace Mubarak with torture-linked ‘CIA point man’

A US plan to see Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leave office immediately is reportedly in the works and would see a transitional government formed by Mubarak’s vice-president, a former head of Egypt’s spy agency and an alleged “CIA point man” who facilitated the “extraordinary rendition” of terrorism suspects. US officials…

‘I will uncover all the secrets,’ Russian spy Anna Chapman declares

MOSCOW – Russian spy Anna Chapman launched her own weekly TV show on Friday, in her latest public foray since she was deported by the United States last July in a Cold War-style swap. The 28-year-old redhead has posed in lingerie, attended a space launch and even had a sing-a-long…

US tried to protect three in CIA nuclear spy effort: book

The United States pressured Swiss authorities not to prosecute three people suspected of weapons trafficking who had been helping a CIA spy effort, according to a book released this month. In the book “Fallout: The True Story of the CIA’s Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking,” authors Catherine Collins and Douglas…

Iran claims to down spy planes but offers no proof

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claims to have shot down several Western spy planes, including two in the Persian Gulf, but provided no evidence. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in the Gulf, says it has no reports of aircraft downed “recently.” Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency on Sunday quoted…

Pentagon official ran private spy network, lied to investigators: report

A senior Pentagon official broke Department of Defense rules and lied to military officials when he set up a network of private contractors to spy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The New York Times reported Friday. The Times cited an internal investigation stating that the official, Michael Furlong, set up an…

CIA warned about informer who bombed Afghan base

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Jordan tried to warn the CIA about an informer who later attacked the spy agency’s base in Afghanistan last year, killing seven Americans, a US intelligence official said. Concerns about working with the informer had to be “weighed against the information he had already provided, and his…

Spy novelist Le Carre reveals Cold War killings by UK intel

To those who know the history of the Cold War, it may not be much of a surprise. But to hear a former MI5 and MI6 agent admit his agencies carried out Cold War-era assassinations is chilling all the same, especially when that ex-agent is an acclaimed spy novelist. John…

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