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Justice Department says it should not have continued spying on former Trump adviser

Justice Department says it should not have continued spying on former Trump adviserThe U.S. Justice Department has told a court it did not have enough evidence to justify continued surveillance of one of President Donald Trump’s former campaign advisers in 2017, in a sign it believes the FBI on occasion went too far when it investigated Russian influence in the 2016 election. The department’s assessment, made public on Thursday, came after an in-depth review by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog found the FBI manipulated evidence and otherwise overstepped its bounds as it explored possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow in 2016. The watchdog’s review, made public in December, found that FBI agents acted legally when they asked in 2016 for court approval to begin surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.



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Taiwan charges ex-officer, father with spying for China

Taiwan charges ex-officer, father with spying for ChinaTaiwanese prosecutors on Tuesday charged a former lieutenant colonel and his father with spying for China in the latest allegations of espionage on the island. The men are accused of threatening national security by sharing information and recruiting others in exchange for gifts, the Tainan district prosecutor’s office said. The younger man, identified by local media as Cheng Chih-wen, helped recruit Taiwanese soldiers “to develop networks to seriously affect national security and damage military discipline”, prosecutors said in a statement.



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Iranians plead guilty after arrest for spying on dissidents

Iranians plead guilty after arrest for spying on dissidentsTwo men arrested last year for spying on Iranian dissidents in the United States have pleaded guilty to charges in a Washington court, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Iranian-US dual citizen Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, an Iranian resident of California, tried to penetrate the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), a group of Iranian dissidents in exile, in New York and Washington from 2017-2018, according to the department. Doostdar traveled to the United States form Iran on three occasions to recruit Ghorbani and give him instructions and thousands of dollars in payments, according to the charges.



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Belgium bars Chinese professor suspected of spying for Beijing

Belgium bars Chinese professor suspected of spying for BeijingThe head of a Chinese language and cultural institute at a Brussels university has been banned from Belgium after security services accused him of being a spy.  Xinning Song, 65, was also barred from the EU’s passport-free Schengen zone for eight years, Belgian media reported. Professor Song has lived in Belgium for ten years. His work visa expired while he was on a trip to China. When he applied for its renewal, however, he was rejected by Belgian authorities. Their decision to impose the Schengen ban infers he is viewed as an espionage threat by security services, the De Morgen newspaper reported.  Mr Song was the director of the Confucius Institute at the VUB (Free University Brussels), a department said to benefit from 200,000 euros a year in money from the Chinese government.  Scrutiny has intensified around the world regarding Confucius Institutes, language and cultural centres that operate on university campuses. What separates these institutes from organisations like the British Council is that they fall directly under the Chinese ministry of education, which ultimately reports to the ruling Communist Party’s central propaganda department.  US and UK politicians have raised concerns about the risks Confucius Institutes pose in terms of academic freedoms, and potential theft of proprietary research on university campuses.  Confucius Institutes, for instance, must obey Chinese law, which could include advocating for Beijing’s territorial claims around the world and censoring discussion by not allowing events, speakers or textbooks deemed sensitive by the Communist Party, according to a report by the Royal United Services Institute, a security think tank.  “Pressure has also been applied to academics at [the University of] Nottingham to stand down or avoid inviting certain external speakers, because they and/or their chosen subjects were deemed too sensitive,” reads the report written by Charles Parton, a British diplomat who was posted to China.      Beijing approves Confucius Institute course materials, events and even evaluates teachers. The centres “represent an endeavour by the Chinese Communist Party to spread its propaganda and suppress its critics beyond its borders,” said a February report by the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, an advocacy group.  The UK alone has around 30 of these on attached to major universities such as Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Cardiff and University College London. There are an additional 148 Confucius “classrooms” in schools around the UK, according to a Chinese government website.  At least 27 universities around the world have terminated ties with Confucius Institutes, including campuses in the US, the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Canada, while others reversed decisions to break ground on an institute In 2018, Belgian security services advised government ministers against supporting a Confucius Institute at the VUB, but the warning was ignored.  Mr Song couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.



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Ex-U.S. Marine accused of spying in Russia says guard threatened him with gun: Ifax

Ex-U.S. Marine accused of spying in Russia says guard threatened him with gun: IfaxA former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying told a court on Thursday that a prison guard had forced him to his knees in custody and that he had been threatened with a gun, the Interfax news agency reported. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in December and accused of espionage. At a hearing on Thursday, the court ordered Whelan held in custody until Dec. 29.



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Iran sentences man to death for spying for the CIA

Iran sentences man to death for spying for the CIAIranian courts have sentenced one person to death for spying for the CIA and jailed two others for 10 years for the same crime, as well as imprisoning a fourth person for 10 years for spying for Britain, the judiciary said on Tuesday. The verdicts come amid spiraling tensions between Tehran and the United States since President Donald Trump last year withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy in order to force Tehran to renegotiate the pact. It was not immediately clear if any of the cases were linked to Iran’s announcement in July that it captured 17 spies working for the CIA.



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Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying Investigation

Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying InvestigationWhy don't they want to know?



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Iran charges three detained Australians with spying

Iran charges three detained Australians with spyingIran has charged three detained Australians with spying, a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday, after the reported arrest of a travel-blogging couple and an academic. Two of the Australians were alleged to have used a drone to take pictures of military sites, while a third was accused of spying for another country, spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told reporters. It was the first official confirmation that Australians have been detained in Iran after the families of three of them said last week they had been arrested in the Islamic republic.



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Iran sentences 3 to long prison terms on spying charges

Iran sentences 3 to long prison terms on spying chargesIran on Tuesday said it sentenced three people — one woman and two men — to lengthy prison terms on security and spying charges. The men were convicted of spying for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said in remarks broadcast on state TV that the convicted woman is Aras Amiri, who had worked for the British Council while allegedly spying on cultural activities in Iran.



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Beijing confirms arrest of Australian for spying

Beijing confirms arrest of Australian for spyingAn Australian academic has been arrested in China for spying, Beijing said Tuesday, prompting Canberra to demand the country upholds “basic standards” of justice. Yang Jun, who also goes by his pen name Yang Hengjun, was detained in January shortly after making a rare return to China from the United States. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said earlier on Tuesday that she was “very concerned” that Yang — a former official turned author — had been arrested on “suspicion of espionage”.



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