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.
- Dozens killed in tribal clashes in Sudan’s east Darfur: MP
- Sudan army says shot down reconnaissance drone, identity unknown
- Sudan maintains balancing act with Saudi, Iran
- King Salman congratulates Sudan’s Bashir on winning elections
- Sudan’s Bashir reelected with 94.5% of vote: organizers
- U.S., UK, Norway slam Sudan polls as not credible
- Sudan’s Bashir says foreign criticism will not affect polls
- South Sudan opposition leader kept under ‘house arrest’
- Diplomatic Avenue: interviews on intervention in Yemen, Sudan
- Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited