Other Cases - By Name


Included here:

1. "Abu Hakim" (and other aliases)

2. Hassan Abu-Jihaad

3. Amerasia Case

4. Michael Allen

5. Robert S. Allen

6. Carlos Alvarez

Materials in each listing presented chronologically..

1. "Abu Hakim" and Other Aliases

White, Josh. "Translator Who Faked Identity Pleads Guilty To Having Secret Data." Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2007, A3. []

"An Arabic translator who used an assumed identity to get work as a contractor for the U.S. Army in Iraq pleaded guilty" on 14 February 2007 in federal court in New York to "charges of possessing classified national defense documents.... Authorities said ... that they do not even know the translator's real name." They referred "to him in court documents under several of his aliases, including 'Abu Hakim' and 'Abdulhakeem Nour.'" He was an employee with secret and top-secret clearances with the "Titan Corp., which supplied translators to the U.S. military to aid in fighting the war in Iraq."

2. Hassan Abu-Jihaad

Frieden, Terry. "Sailor in Spy Case Gets Maximum 10-year Sentence." CNN, 3 Apr. 2009. []

On 3 April 2009, former U.S. Navy sailor Hassan Abu-Jihaad was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Connecticut to 10 years in prison for providing "al Qaeda supporters secret information about planned ship movements."

3. Amerasia

In 1945, six people, including three government employees, involved in producing or supplying information to the magazine Amerasia were arrested and accused of espionage on behalf of the Chinese Communists. Two of the accused eventually plea bargained convictions for unauthorized possession of government documents and were fined; the others, including John Stewart Service, were cleared. See Petersen, p. 182, for materials on this case from the 1950s-1970s.

George, Willis. Surreptitious Entry. New York: Appleton-Century, 1946.

Clark comment: Disgruntled second-story man for OSS and ONI tells all. For Constantinides, this is "a good handbook on clandestine techniques of entry ... and on surveillance.... George headed the OSS team that made entry into Amerasia's offices."

De Toledano, Ralph. Spies, Dupes, and Diplomats. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1967.

Klehr, Harvey, and Ronald Radosh. The Amerasia Spy Case: Prelude to McCarthyism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

4. Michael Allen

Michael Allen, "a retired naval senior chief radioman, was arrested for selling classified information in 1986. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to eight years in prison, a fine of $10,000, and forfeiture of his retirement pay." Watson, et al, eds., United States Intelligence, p. 16.

5. Robert S. Allen

Nicholson, Samuel. "A Most Unlikely Agent: Robert S. Allen." Intelligencer 18, no. 1 (Fall-Winter 2010): 35-41. [Initially released on 11 September 2010 on]

According to Alexander Vassiliev's notebooks (see Haynes/Klehr/Vassiliev, Spies [2009]) Allen, who wrote the "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column with Drew Pearson from 1932 to 1942, was in 1933 "a fully recruited and undoubtedly witting Soviet agent," with the cover name of "George Parker." This was an ethical breach, not a criminal act, as he was not passing classified information. The relationship may have existed only in January and February 1933.

6. Carlos Alvarez

Weaver, Jay. "FIU Couple Plead Guilty in Cuba Spy Case." Miami Herald, 19 Dec. 2006. []

"[F]ormer Florida International University [FIU] professor Carlos Alvarez pleaded guilty [on 19 December 2006] to conspiring to be an unregistered agent who informed on the Cuban exile community" for the Cuban government. "His wife, Elsa, an FIU counselor on leave, also pleaded guilty in Miami federal court to being aware of his illegal activity, harboring him and failing to disclose it to authorities.... Carlos Alvarez faces up to five years in prison and his wife, Elsa, up to three years at their sentencing." Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Axelrod "said Carlos Alvarez's involvement with the Cuba intelligence service began in 1977."

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