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Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

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Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says a U.S. citizen arrested as a suspected spy has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack to sabotage oil refineries and electrical serviceBy SCOTT SMITH Associated PressSeptember 14, 2020, 10:00 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest.The man, alleged to have CIA ties, had help from three Venezuelan conspirators, who were arrested with him last week near a pair of oil refineries on the country's north Caribbean coast, Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on state
Man charged with drugs and firearms offences after Encrochat bust

Man charged with drugs and firearms offences after Encrochat bust

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A 24-year-old man has been charged with planning to supply firearms, ammunition and drugs after police arrested hundreds of suspected criminals.Alsi Vata, of Deptford, southeast London, has been charged with conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition, as well as conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. He is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 17 July.Vata was detained by NCA and Metropolitan Police officers on Thursday as part of an operation which saw more than 800 suspects arrested across Europe - including 132 by the Met - after messages on encrypted phone system Encrochat were intercepted and decoded.Investigators said they seized £54m in cash, two tonnes of cocaine and 77 firearms including assault rifles, sub-machine guns and gr
Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged in US

Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged in US

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Media playback is unsupported on your device British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, an ex-girlfriend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has been charged in the US after being arrested by the FBI.She is accused of assisting Epstein's abuse of minors by helping to recruit and groom victims known to be underage.After being arrested in New Hampshire, she was brought to court and remanded in custody, for transfer to New York. Ms Maxwell, 58, has previously denied any involvement in or knowledge of Epstein's alleged sexual misconduct.Epstein died in prison on 10 August as he awaited, without the chance of bail, his trial on sex trafficking charges.He was arrested last year in New York following allegations that he was running a network of underage girls - s...

Coder charged in massive CIA leak portrayed as vindictive

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A federal jury in Manhattan has heard closing arguments in the espionage trial of a former CIA software engineer charged in the largest leak of classified information in the agency's historyBy JIM MUSTIAN Associated PressMarch 2, 2020, 10:11 PM3 min readNEW YORK -- A software engineer on trial in the largest leak of classified information in CIA history was “prepared to do anything” to betray the agency, federal prosecutors said Monday as a defense attorney argued the man had been scapegoated for a breach that exposed secret cyberweapons and spying techniques. A Manhattan jury heard conflicting portrayals of Joshua Schulte, a former CIA coder accused of sending the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks a large portion of the agency's computer hacking arsenal — tools the agency had used to conduct
Lesotho’s first lady charged with murder of predecessor

Lesotho’s first lady charged with murder of predecessor

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Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Maesaiah Thabane, the first lady of Lesotho, faced a murder charge Wednesday when she appeared in court in connection with the slaying of her husband's previous wife. The 42-year-old turned herself in to police Tuesday after they issued an arrest warrant for her on Jan. 10. Investigators accused her of shooting to death Lipolelo Thabane, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's estranged wife. She died in 2017, two days before her husband's inauguration. The Thabanes had been in the process of divorcing at the time of her death. The prime minister married Maesaiah Thabane less than three months after his former wife's death. Police told CNN that Maesaiah Thabane became the primary suspect in the slaying after she refused to submit herself to questioning in January. She also faces ...