The case of a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst who last week pleaded guilty to espionage-related charges highlights China's intelligence penetration of the U.S. government.
Former DIA analyst Ronald Montaperto was sentenced to three months in prison for illegally retaining classified documents. He was not charged on more serious spying charges, including passing top-secret information to a Chinese military intelligence officer, Yu Zhenhe.
According to court testimony, Montaperto signed in to a secure area of the Pentagon in 1988 and read top-secret intelligence reports on Chinese CSS-2 medium-range missile sales to Saudi Arabia, in November, and then in December read documents on Chinese C-802 anti-ship cruise missiles to Iran.
After each reading, Montaperto then met a short time later with Col. Yu, who was identified in court papers as a senior Chinese military intelligence officer.
U.S. officials said the disclosures by Montaperto coincided with the loss of a major electronic eavesdropping program that successfully spied on Chinese government links to illicit arms sales.
The loss of the communications link was a major blow to efforts to track Chinese arms sales, the officials said.
U.S. officials said investigators and prosecutors mishandled the Montaperto over more than a decade. He was first identified in the late 1990s by a Chinese defector as one of 10 "dear friends" who were informal agents of the Chinese government.
He was caught in 1991 improperly withholding classified documents but was not properly investigated by the FBI and was allowed to retain his security clearance, the officials said.
It was not until 2003 that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service re-investigated Montaperto and found that he had passed classified information.
Glen Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, says policing is a dangerous business.
Police officers who launch chases over roofs, railway lines and busy roads could be sacked for putting the health and safety of criminals at risk, it has emerged. New Home Office proposals say that any officer who knowingly flouts guidelines designed to protect themselves and the public could face dismissal for "gross misconduct". The suggested new rule has infuriated rank-and-file officers who feel that it amounts to a "criminal's charter".
The fear is that police will be too scared to give chase to a suspected thief, burglar or mugger because their own job could be at risk if anyone is injured. Scenarios outlined to the Daily Mail which could be affected include any confrontations which involve running across roofs, railway lines or busy roads. The idea is contained in the Home Office's "draft police misconduct procedure" - which was circulated in July this year. Underneath the heading of "gross misconduct", it lists all the offences which could lead to officers being sacked from their force.
Mr Chirac said that he believed that there was still potential for fruitful dialogue between Iran and the six nations currently involved in the Iran nuclear issue - the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China.And after Iran has a nuclear bomb, then we can negotiate some more on when and where it's appropriate to use it.
"I am not pessimistic," he said. "I think that Iran is a great nation and that we can find solutions through dialogue."
Mr Chirac said he had never noticed that sanctions had been effective, although he said that he was not ruling out using them if necessary. Instead he suggested that the way forward was for negotiations to begin without any preconditions and for each side to make concessions once they are under way.
"We must, on the one hand, together, Iran and the six countries, meet and set an agenda for negotiations then start negotiations," Mr Chirac said. "Then, during these negotiations I suggest that the six renounce seizing the UN Security Council and Iran renounces uranium enrichment."
An al-Qaeda-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters raged across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence.Isn't that what the Pope said?
The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified.
The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross" saying "you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."