KGB devices to go under the hammer in US
New York (AFP) - A gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick, a purse with a hidden camera and a hotel room listening device are among items used by Soviet intelligence during the Cold War going up for auction for the first time.American auction house Julien's will sell the roughly 400 lots -- online and then in-person from mid-January to February 13, 2021.The items were recently on display at the KGB Espionage Museum in Manhattan, New York -- a private museum opened in January 2019 by Lithuanian historian Julius Urbaitis that has closed due to the coronavirus pandemic."We are not aware of ...
New York police officer charged with spying for China
New York (AFP) - US authorities have charged a New York police officer with espionage, accusing him of gathering information about the city's Tibetan community for the Chinese government.The officer, who worked at a station in the Queens section of the city, was directed by members of the Chinese consulate in New York, according to the indictment released Monday.Born in China, the man had been granted political asylum in the US, claiming he was tortured by Chinese authorities because of his Tibetan ethnicity.Through his contacts with the Tibetan community, the 33-year-old man gathered informat...