News you may have missed #341

  • Russian court rejects ‘spy’ scientist’s appeal. A Russian court has rejected an appeal for the release of academic Igor Sutyagin, former division head in the Russian Academy of Sciences’ USA and Canada Institute, who is serving a 15-year sentence for allegedly passing state secrets to foreign officials.
  • Ex-CIA agent’s arrest in VA was eventful, say sources. We reported earlier this week that Andrew M. Warren, the CIA’s Algiers station chief, who is accused of having drugged and raped two Algerian women at his official residence, was arrested at a Norfolk, Virginia motel, after he failed to show up for a court hearing. It now appears that Warren “had a gun in his waistband […] and officers used a taser to subdue him”.
  • Documents show CIA thought Gary Powers had defected. Declassified documents show the CIA did not believe that Gary Powers, who piloted the U2 spy plane shot down over Russia in 1960, causing the U2 incident, had been shot down. Instead, the agency spread the rumor that Powers “baled out and spent his first night as a defector in a Sverdlovsk nightclub”!

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3 Responses to News you may have missed #341

  1. Van says:

    OT: Britain ‘blocking Mossad return to London’

    Britain is preventing a new Mossad representative from taking up his post in London after his predecessor was expelled over the Israeli spy agency’s alleged use of faked British passports to assassinate a Palestinian militant in Dubai.

    Israel has balked at Britain’s demand that it should promise in writing not to use British passports for similar clandestine operations in the future, the daily newspaper Yediot Ahronoth said.

    Israel has so far refused the condition, it said, because to do so could be seen as an admission of culpability over the death of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas official who was assassinated in his Dubai hotel room in January.

    “We have asked for specific assurances from Israel, which would clearly be a positive step towards rebuilding that trust. Any Israeli request for the diplomat to be replaced would be considered against the context of these UK requests.”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7115781.ece

  2. intelNews says:

    Thanks –we’ll be reposting this! [IA]

  3. Van says:

    Interesting development, isn’t it? It’s hard to see either side backing down at this point.

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