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29 June 2010 :: 13:06:39 pm 27697

Ten Suspects Charged With Spying for Russia

Ten people suspects have been arrested in the US and charged with allegedly spying for the Russians.
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US 29th June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News] The US has arrested ten people suspected of spying for the Russians. They were apparently part of an operation, posing as ordinary citizens with some living as couples. An eleventh suspect is said to have evaded arrest.

They have been charged with conspiracy and acting as unlawful agents for a foreign government, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years. Nine of the ten suspects have also been charged with laundering money, which carries a prison sentence of twenty years Appararently messages in court documents suggesting they were asked to find information on topics including nuclear weapons were intercepted.

The US Department of Justice said “long term, deep cover assignments” were allegedly carried out on US soil working as civilians, so as not to arouse any suspicions by eight of the ten suspects. They are supposed to have been trained by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to infiltrate policy making circles, collecting information, according to the court papers filed in the US court of New York.

The suspects were told to befriend the US officials and forward information using various methods to the Russian government. The spy ring was uncovered in a “multi- year investigation by FBI agents posing as Russian handlers who gained information from two of the suspects say US officials. The suspects were apparently asked for information by Russian Intelligence on Washington’s perception of Russian foreign policy, Iran’s nuclear program and Obama’s intentions at the summit last year
Investigators believe some of the agents have been using false identities since the early 1990’s and used codes, engaging in advanced computer operations, including posting innocent pictures on the internet that contained hidden texts.

It was also reported by the FBI that older techniques such as money being buried, using beer bottles as markers and the “brush past” in parks, where agents swap identical bags as they pass one another. The group was also accused of getting close to a scientist who was involved in a bunker busting design and a top former intelligence official. Five of the suspects who appeared briefly in court were ordered to remain in prison until a preliminary hearing set for 27th July.
Another three of the suspects were arrested in Arlington, Virginia, will appear in a federal court in Alexander, Virginia.

The final two, who were arrested in Boston Massachusetts and will appear in a federal court in the city. One suspect remains at large. Relations between the two countries have warmed in the last few months with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and President Barack Obama lunching together only last week.

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