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. "More on French Spying." Sep. 1998. []

"The French magazine Le Point reported in mid-June that France systematically listens in on the telephone conversations and cable traffic of many businesses based in the United States and other nations. The article also reports the French Government uses a network of listening stations to eavesdrop and pass on commercial secrets to French businesses competing in the global economy."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Myth Dispelled." Mar. 1999. []

"British intelligence officials reported on January 26 [1999] that they could find no evidence to prove that Mata Hari ... worked as a secret agent. The 84-year-old files released by MI5 ... outline its investigation of Mata Hari, the stage name of Dutch woman Marguerite Zelle. Despite exhaustive accounts of her movements, contacts, and belongings, there was not enough evidence that could be considered as proof of 'espionage activities,' the Public Record's officials said." See also, Michael Evans, "MI5 Papers: Mata Hari 'Was Just A Fantasist,'" Times (London), 27 Jan. 1999.

[France/WWI; Women/WWI]

Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Navy Drops Espionage Charges." Mar. 2001. []

"On March 9, 2001, the US Navy dropped all espionage charges against Navy Petty Officer First Class Daniel King. The officer overseeing the Navy's prosecution of the sailor stated in a letter that because of King's mental state during questioning, and the lack of corroborating evidence, he doubted the validity of King's confession."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Navy Spy Sentenced." Nov 1996. []

"After he admitted to trying to sell military secrets to Russia, Petty Officer Kurt G. Lessenthien - a nuclear submarine crewmen and instructor at the Navy's Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida - was sentenced to 27 years in prison on 28 October 1996."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "New 'Top Spy' Appointed in New Zealand." Sep. 1999. []

On July 13 1999, senior diplomat Richard Woods was appointed to head the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS). He replaces Lt. Gen. Don McIver on 1 November 1999. From 1993 to 1995, Woods was New Zealand's Ambassador in Moscow. Since 1995 he has been ambassador to France.


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Old Wine in New Bottles." Mar. 1999. []

"According to open-source reporting, the name of South Korea's spy agency was changed to the National Intelligence Service (NIS)" on 22 January 1999. "The change was apparently made to dispel the agency's former tarnished image as a political tool of repression. Originally known as the KCIA, it then became the Agency for National Security Planning (ANSP), which was shortened to just NSP."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Passing the Torch." Mar. 2000. []

Michael J. Waguespack, Director of the National Counterintelligence Center since its establishment in 1994, returned to the FBI in late January 2000. He will serve as Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Operations and Support, National Security Division, FBI Headquarters. Robert C. Thompson, on detail at the NACIC from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and previously Waguespack's deputy, will serve as Acting Director until a new Director is named.


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Pollard Was an Israeli Spy." Jun. 1998. []

On 11 May 1998, Israel officially acknowledged for the first time "that Jonathan Pollard ... was indeed an Israeli agent. According to an official Israeli statement, Pollard was 'an Israeli spy,' who worked for an intelligence agency called the Scientific Liaison Office.... In return for the acknowledgment, Pollard agreed to drop an Israeli Supreme Court petition that Israel feared would force the government to explain its intelligence-gathering procedures."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Red Diaper Babies." Dec. 1997. []

"Theresa Marie Squillacote, 39, was a senior staff attorney in the office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform until January 1997.... Prior to her Pentagon assignment, Squillacote worked for the House Armed Services Committee....

"Kurt Alan Stand, 42, was a regional representative of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers Association.... He recruited Squillacote about the time he married her in 1980.

"James Michael Clark, 49, a private investigator from Falls Church, Virginia, once worked for a defense contractor at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Boulder, Colorado, and had access to classified information on chemical warfare."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Red Diaper Babies Sentenced." Mar. 1999. []

This report notes that "[t]he amount of prison time that the judge gave the couple [Theresa Squillacote and Kurt Stand] was the minimum required under federal sentencing guidelines."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Russians Off to Prison." Sep. 2000. []

In July 2000, a Russian court found Platon Obukhov, previously a second secretary in the Foreign Ministry's North America Department, guilty of spying for the United Kingdom and sentenced him to 11 years in prison. Also in July 2000, Lt. Col. Sergei Avramenko, previously assigned to a Defense Ministry's scientific research institute, was sentenced to four years hard labor for "photographing top secret documents detailing developments in Russian military aircraft electronics."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "South Korea Informal Technology Aquisitions." 2 (Jun. 1998). []

"South Korea is responding to economic difficulties by increasing its efforts to obtain foreign proprietary technology via indirect channels, according to Seoul media reports."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Spy Dies in Prison." Mar. 1998. []

"Clyde Lee Conrad ... died on January 8, 1998, in a German prison where he was serving a life sentence. The 50-year-old Conrad was convicted of masterminding an espionage ring that sold highly sensitive information to Hungarian and Czechoslovak intelligence agents from 1975 to 1985."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "US Nuclear Physicist Sentenced." Jun. 1998. []

On 26 March 1998, Peter Lee, a former nuclear physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was sentenced to one year in a community corrections facility, three years of probation, 3,000 hours of community service, and a $20,000 fine. He had pleaded guilty to "willfully passing national defense information to Chinese scientists during a 1985 visit to China" and to "providing false information in 1997 to his then-employer, TRW, Inc., regarding his contact with Chinese officials."


Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Wiretaps Upheld in Spy Case." Sep. 1998. []

U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton "has refused to suppress evidence collected during a six-day search" of the D.C. home of alleged spies Theresa Maria Squillacote and Kurt Stand. He also "said that extensive wiretaps of their conversations were legally authorized. Defense attorneys had argued that FBI agents ... had violated the terms of the search warrant, which restricted the search to certain hours." The judge "said that FBI agents present after those hours were necessary to secure the house. He also rejected a bid for a 'taint hearing' after defense attorneys argued that agents used wiretaps to gather information that is protected by psychotherapist and marital privileges."


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