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Associated Press. "Retired Russian Colonel Convicted of Spying for US, Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison." 31 May 2012. []

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on 31 May 2012 that retired Col. Vladimir Lazar, "has been convicted on charges of spying for the U.S. and sentenced to 12 years in prison."


Associated Press. "Russia Arrests Alleged Spy." 26 Jun. 2000. [http://]

According to Russian officials on 26 June 2000, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has "detained a Lithuanian man accused of spying for the United States and Lithuania." The domestic security service "said the man confessed that he was an agent of the Lithuanian intelligence service and that he was enlisted last year by the CIA to spy on the FSB's computer and information safety department.... No details were released on the identity of the alleged spy."

Reuters, "Russia Holds Lithuanian for Spying for Washington," 26 Jun. 2000, adds that the FSB statement said that the detained Lithuanian man had confessed that "he was active on a CIA special operation from the beginning of 1999"; the operation "consisted of hacking into FSB computers."


Associated Press. "Russian FSB Detains U.S. Diplomat Accused of Spying." 14 May 2013. []

Russia's security services, the FSB, said on 14 May 2013 that they have detained "Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow." They claim that Fogle "is a CIA agent" and that "they caught him red-handed trying to recruit a Russian agent." See also, David M. Herszenhorn and Ellen Barry, "From Russia, With Wig: American Spy Suspect Is Ejected," New York Times, 14 May 2013.

[CIA/10s/13; Russia/10s]

Associated Press. "Sailor Pleads Guilty to Espionage: Faces Life Sentence for Trying to Sell Classified Data in Austria in 2005." 4 Dec. 2006. []

On 4 December 2006, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ariel J. Weinmann "pleaded guilty ... to espionage, desertion and other charges." He was "accused of stealing a Navy laptop and peddling its classified contents to an undisclosed foreign government." He "faces a sentence of life in prison without parole, a dishonorable discharge from the Navy and forfeiture of all pay."


Associated Press. "Senate Approves Intelligence Budget." 19 Nov. 1999. []

On 19 November 1999, the U.S. Senate "adopted compromise legislation ... authorizing an increase in spending for intelligence activities.... The bill covers the Central Intelligence Agency and 10 other intelligence-gathering agencies and programs.... [L]awmakers familiar with the legislation said it totaled about $29.5 billion, up considerably from the $26.7 billion level of 1998, when the government last disclosed the amount." See also, Chuck McCutcheon, "Senate Clears Intelligence Authorization," Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 20 Nov. 1999, 2706.


Associated Press. "Senate Votes to Extend Term of FBI Director Mueller." 27 Jul. 2011. []

On 27 July 2011, the U.S. Senate "extended the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller for up to two years."


Associated Press. "Spanish Ex-Spy Convicted of Stealing Secrets." 11 Feb. 2010. []

On 11 February 2010, Roberto Florez Garcia, a former Spanish intelligence officer, was convicted of "trying to sell secrets to Russia" and sentenced to 12 years in prison. "The court said it did not have conclusive proof that Florez Garcia had actually succeeded in selling or handing over sensitive information.... The newspaper El Pais said the CIA tipped off Spanish investigators about Florez Garcia's activities."


Associated Press. "Spy Agency Removes Illegal Tracking Files." 29 Dec. 2005. []

NSA.has been placing files, known as cookies, on the computers of visitors to the agency's Web site "despite strict federal rules banning most files of that type." Cookies can track the Web surfing activity of an affected computer. The cookies "disappeared" after complaints by privacy activist Daniel Brandt and inquiries by Associated Press. NSA "officials acknowledged [on 29 December 2005] that they had made a mistake."


Associated Press. "Spy Imagery Agency Watching Inside U.S." 26 Sep. 2004. []

"Since the Sept. 11 attacks, about 100 employees" of the Americas Branch of the "National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency -- and some of the country's most sophisticated aerial imaging equipment -- have focused on observing what's going on in the United States."


Associated Press. "Swedish Spy Stig Wennerstrom, 99." 31 Mar. 2006. []

"Stig Wennerstrom, 99, a Swedish Air Force officer who supplied Moscow with military secrets for 15 years in Sweden's biggest Cold War espionage scandal, [has] died at a home for the elderly outside Stockholm.... Wennerstrom, code named 'The Eagle' by his Soviet spy-masters, was convicted of four counts of treason in 1964 for revealing classified information of Sweden, the United States and NATO. He was pardoned and released in 1974 after authorities said the information he had obtained during his time as a spy was obsolete."


Associated Press. "Swiss Charge Israeli Agent." 15 Sep. 1999. []

According to the Swiss federal prosecutor's office, one of five Israeli agents "caught in a bungled spying operation has been charged with espionage and illegal acts for a foreign government.... Investigations continue into the four others who were caught trying to install the bugging equipment and held only a few hours."


Associated Press. "Taiwanese Spy Plane Pilots Honored for Perilous Cold War Missions." International Herald Tribune, 4 Jul. 2007. []

From 1953 to 1967, Taiwanese pilots known as "The Black Bats" flew "more than 800 sorties over the Chinese mainland, dropping agents, testing radar responses and collecting air samples from suspected nuclear test sites." At a gathering in June 2007 in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, "hundreds of Taiwanese observed a minute of silence for the 148 Black Bats who never returned from their missions and paid an emotional tribute to the few surviving members of the group." According to the veterans, "[t]he CIA provided the aircraft [and the training] for the missions.... They proudly display photographs taken with Ray Cline, then the agency's Taipei station chief."

See also, William B. Tomlinson, "Chinese Industry from the Air," Studies in Intelligence 11, no. 2 (Spring 1967): 37-50; and Benjamin Yeh, "Taiwan's Cold War Spy Pilots Reveal Secret Missions," AFP, 23 Aug. 2010.

[CA/To80s; OtherCountries/Taiwan]

Associated Press. "10-year Term for Trying to Bring Military Secrets to China." 21 Apr. 2008. []

Tai Mak, the younger brother of Chi Mak, "was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison [on 21 April 2008] in his family's conspiracy to export military technology to China."


Associated Press. "Trial Gets Under Way against Russian Officer Who Allegedly Blew Whistle on US Spy Ring." 16 May 2011. []

The trial in absentia of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Poteyev has begun in Moscow. He is "charged with high treason and desertion. Prosecutors claim he tipped off American authorities" about a deep-cover Russian spy ring. "Russian media say Poteyev controlled U.S.-based spy operations from Moscow, and fled to America just before Washington announced it had uncovered the 10 spies last summer."


Associated Press. "Trial Set for Ex-NSA Analyst." 9 Nov. 1998. []

David Sheldon Boone has waived his right to a speedy trial on espionage charges. Trial has been set for 23 February 1999; a closed pretrial hearing on classified information is scheduled for 11 January 1999.


Associated Press. "Turkish PM Meets With CIA Director." 13 Dec. 2005. []

On 13 December 2005, CIA director Porter Goss met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan "for talks that were expected to focus on a Kurdish rebel group [the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)] that is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. Goss has been holding closed meetings with Turkish intelligence and security officials since his arrival" on 11 December 2005.

[CIA/DCIs/Goss; OtherCountries/Turkey]

Associated Press. "U.S. Clears Ex-C.I.A. Chief Over Secrets." 2 Feb. 2001. []

In a report released on 1 February 2001, the Defense Department says that the "secrets that John M. Deutch ... kept on his unsecured home computer apparently did not fall into the wrong hands.... 'While the possibility of compromise cannot be foreclosed,' the report ... concluded, 'our analysts have found no evidence of compromise.'"


Associated Press. "US Spy Agencies' Spending Rises to $49.8 Billion." 30 Oct. 2009. []

According to information released on 30 October 2009 by DNI Dennis Blair, the aggregate intelligence budget in fiscal year 2009 was $49.8 billion. This is $2 billion more than in 2008. However, individual agency details remain classified.


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