Contractors at Sudan’s foreign ministry face espionage trial: report

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Two contractors working for the Sudanese foreign ministry are facing espionage charges after Khartoum accused them of providing a U.S. intelligence officer with classified data which could pose a threat to the country’s national security, a local newspaper reported Thursday.

The chief investigator of the espionage case said records allegedly passed to the foreign agent could endanger lives and pave the way for more infiltration, the Sudan Tribune reported him as saying.

The two were said to have met a U.S. officer named John Foehr in the UAE, with one of the contractors allegedly receiving a monthly salary for the intelligence he provided.

However, the accused said they handed over a data system and not a database.

The Sudan Tribune cited other reports, when it described the data as containing various cables between Sudanese officials and other countries including Libya, Cairo, Qatar and United Kingdom.

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