Counterintelligence News & Developments

[Product of the National Counterintelligence Center (NACIC), renamed National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX) in 2001]

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Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Boone Pleads Guilty to Spying and Is Sentenced." Mar. 1999. []

"In his guilty plea, Boone acknowledged that between 1988 and 1991 he delivered 'highly classified documents' to agents of the KGB.... Among information Boone handed to the KGB were documents detailing US targeting of tactical nuclear weapons in case of nuclear attack by the Soviets and details of the US military's use of signals intelligence."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Canada: A Glimpse Into the World of Spies." Aug. 1996. []

"Newly released court documents show that Canada's spy-catchers believe a Toronto man and woman recently deported from Canada are members of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). The pair gained 'access to persons and information of interest to the SVR' by assuming false identities, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said in a court submission made public."

Stéphane Lefebvre, "Russian Intelligence Activities in Canada: The Latest Case of an 'Illegal,'" Journal of Slavic Military Studies 20, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 2007): 555-556, citing [footnote 18] Paul Koring and Jeff Sallot, "Ottawa Races to Deport Russian Spies," Globe and Mail (Toronto), 29 May 1996, A4, and Fred Weir, "Alleged Spies Whisked Off Aeroflot Plane," Winnipeg Free Press, 12 Jun. 1996, B6. In May 1996, adds that the Solicitor General of Canada and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration "signed security certificates leading to the detention of persons alleging to be 'Ian Mackenzie Lambert' and 'Laurie Catherine Mary Lambert.' They were in fact married, but separated, SVR illegals using the names of deceased Canadian infants and whose real name[s] were Dmitry Vladimirovich Olshevskiy and Yelena Borisovna Olshevskaya.... They were deported to Russia within a month."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Canada's Economic Security Threatened." Jun. 1998. []

"A new Canadian study, Economic Intelligence & National Security, released in late April [1998], reports that ... the cost of economic espionage activities to individual firms and the Canadian economy runs into billions of dollars annually. The report also says that Canada, as one of the world's most open and trade-dependent countries, is one of the most vulnerable to penetration by economic spies from the intelligence services of both friends and enemies."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Canadian Security Concerns." Sep. 1998. []

"The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) recently released documents on economic espionage and computer hacker groups that contain advice on how to prevent commercial and scientific secrets from falling into the wrong hands. The CSIS prefaced its advice by noting that most of the economic intelligence gathered by businesses and governments comes from legal, public sources but that past mistakes have resulted in lost Canadian contracts, jobs, and markets."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Economic Espionage Act of 1996." Nov. 1996. []

Provides a summary of the criminal provisions of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, signed by President Clinton on 11 October 1996.


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Ex-NSA Employee Sentenced for Cold War Espionage." Dec. 1997. []

"Robert S. Lipka, 51, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined $10,000 on September 24, 1997 for selling top-secret documents to the Soviet Union three decades ago. He was charged with photographing the papers while working as a US Army clerk at the National Security Agency from 1965 through 1967. During this period he photographed documents with a camera provided by the Soviet agents and dropped off the film in a park for payments of up to $1,000 a drop[,] according to US Government affidavits."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Former CIA Officer Cuts a Deal." Sep. 1998. []

Former CIA officer Douglas F. Groat's plea bargain "eased prosecutors' concerns that a trial on all the charges might have forced them to disclose sensitive information in open court."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Former Crypto Analyst Arrested." Dec. 1998. []

"Boone allegedly began spying for the Soviet Union in 1988 after he walked into the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C. and volunteered his services. In his initial meeting, Boone provided Soviet Embassy employees with a classified document he had written based on decrypted NSA intercept information. The Soviets paid Boone $300 for this document."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Former [Japanese] Naval Officer Guilty of Espionage." Dec. 2000. []

On 27 November 2000, Shigehiro Hagisaki, a lieutenant commander with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, pleaded guilty "to charges that he leaked defense secrets, including information about US Navy units in Japan, to a Russian military attache." Counterintelligence News and Developments, "Former Naval Officer Sentenced," Jun. 2001, reports that on 7 March 2001, Hagisaki was sentenced to 10 months in jail.


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Industrial Espionage Key to PRC Technological Development." Mar. 1999. []

Reports on two articles in specialized PRC publications that suggesting "that China is ethically justified in using 'informal' means to level the global 'technology imbalance'": "The International Economic Intelligence War," in the 19 November 1998 issue of Zhongguo Maoyi Bao, and "On the North-South Technology Imbalance," in the May 1998 technology policy journal Keji Jinbu yu Duice.


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Landmark Economic Espionage Trial Concludes." Jun. 1999. []

"In the first real test of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, two Taiwanese executives who paid an employee of the Avery Dennison Corporation $160,000 to pilfer corporate secrets from the US adhesive maker were convicted of economic espionage on April 26, 1999."


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