Former Israeli government minister charged with spying for Iran

Former Israeli government minister charged with spying for IranA former Israeli government minister, once imprisoned for trying to smuggle drugs, is back behind bars after being charged with spying for archenemy Iran, the country’s internal security agency said Monday. The Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency, said Gonen Segev was extradited from Guinea and arrested upon arrival in Israel last month on suspicion of “committing offenses of assisting the enemy in war and spying against the state of Israel.” It said Mr Segev, a former energy minister, acted as an agent for Iranian intelligence and relayed information “connected to the energy market and security sites in Israel including buildings and officials in political and security organizations.” Lawyers representing Mr Segev issued a statement that did not reject or accept the accusations, only saying that the indictment “portrays a different picture” than what the Shin Bet says. Mr Segev, who served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the mid-1990s, was arrested in 2004 for attempting to smuggle 32,000 Ecstasy tablets from the Netherlands to Israel using an expired diplomatic passport.  Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin speaks with former energy minister Gonen Segev Credit: REUTERS/GPO A former doctor whose medical license was revoked, Mr Segev was released from prison in 2007 and had been living in Africa in recent years. The Shin Bet said Mr Segev met with his operators twice in Iran, and also met with Iranian agents in hotels and apartments around the world. Mr Segev was given a “secret communications system to encrypt messages” with his operators. The statement said that Mr Segev maintained connections with Israeli civilians who had ties to the country’s security and foreign relations. It said he acted to connect them with Iranian agents who posed as businessmen. Israel and Iran are bitter enemies, and the allegations against Mr Segev are extremely grave. Israel considers Iran to be its biggest threat, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, Iran’s support for hostile militant groups like Hezbollah and its development of long-range missiles.


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Texas sheriff deputy charged for child abuse after allegedly blackmailing undocumented mother with deportation

Texas sheriff deputy charged for child abuse after allegedly blackmailing undocumented mother with deportationA Texas sheriff’s deputy has been accused of sexually assaulting an undocumented immigrant’s child, and blackmailing the mother with potential deportation to keep her quiet about the attacks. Jose Nunez, 47, is being held on charges of “super aggravated sexual assault” after the mother sought help at a fire department for her 4-year-old child, who had reportedly been crying out in pain. “The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” Javier Salazar, the Bexar County Sheriff, said during a press conference announcing the charges and circumstances.


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Founder of 'revolutionary' US blood-testing startup once valued at $9bn charged with fraud

Founder of 'revolutionary' US blood-testing startup once valued at $9bn charged with fraudTheranos was established by Elizabeth Holmes in 2003 when she was just a 19-year-old Stanford drop out. Within a year it had won $6m (£4.5m) backing from investors attracted by Ms Holmes’s desire to disrupt the industry monopoly over blood tests – and she was toasted as a rising star of Silicon Valley. Ms Holmes and Mr Balwani claimed the Theranos analyser could perform a full range of clinical tests using tiny blood samples drawn from a finger stick, asserting that its results were more accurate, reliable and faster than those from conventional blood tests.


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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes charged with criminal fraud, conspiracy

  1. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes charged with criminal fraud, conspiracy  Chicago Tribune
  2. Elizabeth Holmes, founder of blood-testing company Theranos, indicted on wire fraud charges  Washington Post
  3. Elizabeth Holmes indicted on wire fraud charges, steps down from Theranos  CNNMoney
  4. US Files Criminal Charges Against Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh Balwani  Wall Street Journal
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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been charged with wire fraud — here's how much jail time she could face

  1. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been charged with wire fraud — here’s how much jail time she could face  AOL
  2. The Theranos Indictments Expose the Soul of Silicon Valley  WIRED
  3. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, former president indicted on wire fraud charges  KTRK-TV
  4. US Files Criminal Charges Against Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh Balwani  Wall Street Journal
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Senate intelligence aide charged in US leak probe pleads not guilty in District federal court

  1. Senate intelligence aide charged in US leak probe pleads not guilty in District federal court  Washington Post
  2. New York Times investigating Ali Watkins’ involvement with official charged with lying to FBI in leak probe  Philly.com
  3. Senate Ex-Staffer Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Lying to FBI in Leaks Probe  Wall Street Journal
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