OT-10 Russian Spies Arrested in US

Submitted by GoWolverines16 on June 28th, 2010 at 5:59 PM

According to CNN 10 Russian agents were arrested today throughout the US. One other agent is yet to be taken into custody. They spies were posing as married couples and used fake identities, including the identities of dead Americans. The agents have been in the US since 1990.
Link: http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/06/28/russian.spying.arrests/index.htm…

Comments

lexus larry

June 29th, 2010 at 12:09 PM ^

I thought it was fairly common knowledge that most countries spied against each other, be it for industrial or military purposes. I've read many times that certain European or Asian governmental entities would spy on behalf of the home manufacturers benefit.
As was pointed out, this could have been as much for directional strategic infrastructure as it was for other, seemingly more nefarious schemes.

Blue_Bull_Run

June 28th, 2010 at 7:22 PM ^

The article does not mention what their operations were. Its one thing to have a spy in the pentagon, but quite another to have a spy hanging out at the beach and the mall, as another poster put it.

I get the sense these spies were in the latter category, though we'll have to see how the story develops.

TrppWlbrnID

June 28th, 2010 at 6:42 PM ^

spy on phone with Russia:

"no, no, comrade, there's....uh....like....lots more secrets to find before we return to mother russia.  like, we have to go to the beach.... to...uh...spy on the submarines and then we have to go to the mall....to...uh.. research sythetic fabric production....and you know what, i think the phone is bugged, so don't call me here anymore, we'll call you with the secrets.  later."

Noahdb

June 28th, 2010 at 8:26 PM ^

I've been enjoying a lot of the comments in the news coverage of this. Lots of "I knew there were commies in Cambridge!!" followed by someone having to remind the commentator that Russia hasn't been communist for 20 years.

Wolverine In Exile

June 28th, 2010 at 9:44 PM ^

they were charged with being unregistered agenst of a foreign gov't which is the slightly less serious spying charge. If it was all-out espionage they were charged with you'd likely never see this in the news until they were either convicted or sent back to mother Russia is a spy trade. Espionage charges are typically saved nowadays for all-out traitors like Ana Montes, Aldrich, Ames, or Hanssen where we have the bastards dead to rights. Those SOB's need to be hanged in a public square. On this story though, notice they were accused of being promoted by the Russian gov't to "Americanize" themselves and collect data on US intentions w.r.t senior level policy issues. This is a long con type of spycraft that  if left alone will produce significant results in 5-10 years once familiar relationships are built up.

Make no mistake, espionage is alive and well by our "former" enemies and they're looking to get the goods. Problem with us is, the whole non-disclosure agreements you sign for a clearance aren't taken as seriously as they used to be...