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Former US soldier sentenced to 30 years for espionage

A former US soldier was sentenced to 30 years in jail Monday for trying to spy on behalf of Russia, the US Justice Department said. In September and October 2012, Robert Hoffman II, now 40, a 20-year veteran of the US Navy, turned over classified defense information to FBI agents he believed were Russian, according to Virginia prosecutors. In the Navy, Hoffman was deployed on US submarines where he worked with electronic sensors to collect information on potential adversaries.

U.S. intelligence analyst charged with extortion held on bail

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. intelligence analyst charged with trying to orchestrate a covert heist of hundreds of thousands of dollars of drug money while working for the Pentagon's top secret Defense Intelligence Agency, made his first appearance in a south Florida federal court Monday.

U.S. intelligence analyst charged with extortion held on bail

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. intelligence analyst charged with trying to orchestrate a covert heist of hundreds of thousands of dollars of drug money while working for the Pentagon's top secret Defense Intelligence Agency, made his first appearance in a south Florida federal court Monday.

Angry Birds website hacked after claims of spy agencies' access to personal information

HELSINKI - Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment Ltd. says the popular game's home pages have been hacked, two days after reports that the personal data of its customers might have been accessed by U.S. and British spy agencies. Rovio spokeswoman says the hacking lasted a few minutes early Wednesday and that end-user data "was in no risk at any point."

Liberty Reserve founder: I was arrested after refusing to give FBI my group's source code

MADRID - The man accused of being behind one of the world's biggest money laundering businesses said Monday he was arrested after refusing to disclose key technical details of his online operation to the FBI. Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky, 40, was speaking at a court in Madrid nine months after he was detained at the city's airport on U.S. charges. He was intercepted on his way home to Costa Rica, where he was living after having renounced his U.S. citizenship.

Germany welcomes Obama's pledge to curb mass spying

Berlin welcomed on Friday President Barack Obama's pledge to curtail the reach of the secretive US spy agency, stressing that German law must be respected on German soil. "Many in Germany are rightly concerned over the information on the activities of the NSA (National Security Agency) regarding the security of their private information," the government's spokesman Steffen Seibert told AFP.

FBI doesn't plan charges over IRS scrutiny of Tea Party: WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is not planning to file criminal charges involving the Internal Revenue Service's extra scrutiny of the Tea Party and other conservative groups, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing law enforcement officials.

FBI completes probe of Chechen man shot during questioning in Florida

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The FBI has concluded its investigation into the shooting of a Chechen immigrant who was killed while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, an official said on Friday.

Snowden no whistleblower: FBI chief

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday he does not consider Edward Snowden worthy of being called a whistleblower or hero, and was baffleed by reports granting him the label. The federal criminal investigation and intelligence chief swiftly dismissed calls for clemency issued by The New York Times and The Guardian newspapers, which said Snowden had done the United States a service by exposing the vast scope of secret digital surveillance run by the National Security Agency.

Missing Ga. bank director accused of losing millions in investors' funds arrested in Brunswick

ATLANTA - A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia. Aubrey Lee Price, 47, was arrested Wednesday during a stop for a vehicle and traffic violation on Interstate 95 in Brunswick by members of the Glynn County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. attorney's office in Savannah said. Price is set to make his initial appearance before a federal judge in Brunswick on Thursday.
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