November 15, 2012 |
EL PASO, Texas - A West Texas lawyer charged with trying to launder $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel was an informant for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement while he was moving large amounts of cash behind the agency's back, a federal agent testified Wednesday. The testimony from agent Joshua Fry with the Homeland Security Investigations' Financial Operations and Currency United Strike Force came at a hearing in which U.S. District Judge Norbert Garney denied Marco Antonio Delgado's request to be released on bond.
November 7, 2012 |
MOSCOW - George Blake, a former British spy who doubled as a Soviet agent, has spoken about his career with pride and called himself an "exceptionally lucky man" in an interview published in a Russian government daily Tuesday. Blake, who will turn 90 Sunday and has lived in Russia since his escape from a British prison in 1966, told the daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta that he has spent his "happiest" years in the country. "When I worked in the West I always felt a looming threat of exposure," he is quoted as saying.
May 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A decade after hijackers mostly from Saudi Arabia attacked the United States with passenger jets, the Saudis have emerged as the principal ally of the United States against al-Qaeda's spin-off group in Yemen and at least twice have disrupted plots to explode bombs aboard airlines. Details emerging about the latest unraveled plot revealed that a Saudi double agent fooled the terror group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, passing himself off as an eager would-be suicide bomber.
July 24, 2011 |
Muslim extremists. American heroes. Betrayed confidences. Barren landscapes. It's the stuff of a summer thriller, but sadly, Joby Warrick's spellbinding book The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA is a work of nonfiction. And in the end, nine individuals - including seven CIA operatives - were killed. Why was a young Jordanian doctor named Humam al-Balawi, who had never been face to face with American intelligence officers, waved through three security checkpoints at the super-secret CIA outpost in Khost, Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border?
January 8, 2010
The average American television viewer sees enough double-crosses on the hit series 24 not to make the mistakes the CIA did in letting a double agent get close enough to bomb a spy base in Afghanistan. Sure, even the fictional Jack Bauer gets taken in now and then, but one would expect the real spies to be more discerning - unless they have become desperate. And unfortunately, desperation seems to be the state of U.S. intelligence-gathering right now. It was bad enough to find out about the mistakes made by the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and State Department in inadvertently aiding the foiled attempt by would-be martyr Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a jetliner headed to Detroit.
June 1, 2003 |
Moments after bailing out of his B-17 bomber, Roy Allen was standing in the middle of a forest. His plane and his crew were gone, and he had little more than a few francs, a cloth map of France, and a tiny compass. His nylon parachute was still tangled in the trees above him. Remembering his training, Allen set out as quickly as he could to avoid detection. He removed his flight boots and started off into the woods. Little did he know that he had just taken the first steps of a long, perilous journey home from the war. The odyssey of Allen, an Eighth Air Force pilot from Philadelphia who was shot down outside Paris in 1944, hidden by the French Resistance, then apprehended by Nazis, is the subject of a new book, In the Shadows of War, by Thomas Childers, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
February 22, 2001 |
Why would Robert P. Hanssen spy? For ideology, for money, for revenge, or just for the fun of it? The mystery now isn't over the methods that the FBI said Hanssen used to spy, but what went on in the head of a man who, if guilty, could be the most enigmatic spook to come out of the Cold War. Hanssen, who was arrested Sunday, is accused of selling secrets to Russia over a 15-year period, allegedly passing along thousands of top-secret documents...
March 12, 2000 |
They were the tools of the trade in a gritty, down-and-dirty corporate power struggle between companies controlled by casino-industry giants Stephen A. Wynn and Donald Trump. Weapons in a war of words, lawsuits and executive one-upmanship that the two egocentric millionaires have been waging for more than 15 years. Inventory that even some lawyers involved in the case found unsettling. Consider the implications: Two briefcases, one with a hidden audio tape recorder, the other with a hidden video camera with audio capability.
January 9, 1998 |
Citing the critical need to fight the street drug trade in Philadelphia, State Attorney General Michael Fisher said he hopes to double the number of agents working in the local state Bureau of Narcotics Investigations office. Fisher also yesterday proposed to host a statewide conference this fall on crime in the black community. It would take about $2 million to expand the Philadelphia BNI office from 25 agents to 50, Fisher said. He plans to ask the Legislature for the money this spring.
May 9, 1997 |
At the center of Children of the Revolution, an irreverent satire of leftist politics in Australia and points north, is Joan Fraser, uproariously played by the divine Judy Davis, that snarl of emotions, lips and hair. The more serious Joan gets about her mission as the driving force of Australian Communism, the more hilarious this breakneck comedy, the feature debut of writer/director Peter Duncan. Duncan's naughty implication is that Joan's ideological fervor makes her both a Red and a red-hot mama, catnip to all men, no matter their politics.