In South Africa’s Farmgate Scandal, a Theft and Then a Silence

Namibian investigators tracing money transfers by men suspected of stealing wads of cash from President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa say their cross-border calls for help went unanswered.

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Trial in Alleged Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor Nears End

Closing arguments are expected Friday in the federal case against four men with militia ties who are accused of conspiring to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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Group Wanted to Kidnap Michigan Governor and Block Biden’s Election, Plotter Says

By abducting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, one man who pleaded guilty said, he hoped to disrupt the 2020 election and perhaps start a civil war.

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In Whitmer Kidnapping Trial, Lawyers Debate Over Defendants’ Words

The proceedings that began last week test the government’s ability to root out violent extremism at home.

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Alpo Martinez Was Killed Over Road Rage in Harlem, Officials Say

Alpo Martinez, a former Harlem drug kingpin who became an informant, was killed not for snitching but because of a simmering feud over his erratic driving, a law enforcement official said.

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Fraud Ring That Staged Car Crashes Cost Insurers $1 Million, U.S. Says

Nearly two dozen people have been indicted on charges related to the elaborate scheme, which took place from 2017 to 2020 in Washington State, the authorities said.

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A Murder, Gold Bars, a Jailbreak and Questions About Justice

Was the 1993 killing of a woman near Buffalo committed by a prison escapee? Was the detective who solved the case involved? Is there anything straightforward about this crime?

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Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6: An F.B.I. Informant

A member of the far-right Proud Boys texted his F.B.I. handler during the assault, but maintained the group had no plan in advance to enter the Capitol and disrupt the election certification.

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No, there is no evidence that the F.B.I. organized the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The term “unindicted co-conspirators” generally refers to individuals for whom there is insufficient evidence to bring charges or who have cut a deal. “Legally, it wouldn’t make sense to call informants co-conspirators,” said one legal expert.

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Hundreds Arrested in Global Sting Using App Run by F.B.I.

Global law enforcement officials revealed a three-year operation in which they said they had intercepted over 20 million messages. Hundreds of arrests were made in more than a dozen countries.

#australia, #europe, #europol, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #informers, #organized-crime, #united-states

Mafia Killer Who Became a Turncoat Is Released from Prison in Italy

Giovanni Brusca completed 25 years in prison for murder, including the killings of Giovanni Falcone, an anti-mafia crusader, and a 14-year-old boy he dissolved in acid. He later became an informant.

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The Sunday Read: ‘The “Herald Square Bomber” Who Wasn’t’

After the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. authorities used informants to secure terror convictions. But did they help create plots where none existed?

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He Was Convicted of a Bombing Plot. Was It a Setup?

Since 9/11, U.S. authorities have used informants to convict hundreds of people of crimes related to international terrorism. Did the informants help create plots where none had existed?

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Mexico Frees a General, and Wounds Its Alliance With the U.S.

The Biden administration will need to rebuild drug-enforcement cooperation after Mexico exonerated Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, discounting U.S. evidence that he worked for a cartel.

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He Was Iran’s Homegrown Tech Star. The Guards Saw a Blackmail Opportunity.

A Canadian-Iranian software engineer for Facebook, a tech celebrity in his native Iran, visited family in Tehran in January. His recent revelations of what happened next have stirred outrage.

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Ex-C.I.A. Officer Is Accused of Spying for China

The arrest of a 67-year-old Hawaii resident is the latest case involving former intelligence officers charged with providing classified documents to Beijing.

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Chat Group Becomes Target of Moscow’s Wrath as Security Crackdown Widens

The group started out as an online discussion of hobbies, schoolwork and sometimes politics. But then it was infiltrated by an informer for Russia’s all-powerful security services.

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In a Death, Details of More Russian Murder-for-Hire Plots

A Chechen man shot near Vienna last weekend had spoken publicly of giving Austrian and Ukrainian authorities information about contract killings. He also said there was a price on his head.

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