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10 Russian Spies Were Unmasked By Boss

From an outraged Reuters:

Top Russian spy defects after betraying ring in U.S.

By Thomas Grove Thu Nov 11, 2010

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia’s deep cover U.S. spying operations has betrayed the network and defected, a Russian paper said Thursday, potentially giving the West one of its biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War.

The newspaper, Kommersant, identified the man as Colonel Shcherbakov and said he was responsible for unmasking a Russian spy ring in the United States in June whose arrests humiliated Moscow and clouded a "reset" in ties with Washington.

If true, this is a major revelation. For lest we forget, we were told that these Russian spies had been under surveillance for ten years.

Now we hear they were only "unmasked" in June – right before they were hurriedly spirited out of the country?

The betrayal would make Shcherbakov one of the most senior turncoats since the fall of the Soviet Union and could have consequences for Russia’s proud Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and its chief, former Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov.

Notice that Reuters would never use such language as "betrayal" and "turncoat" if they were talking about an American defector.

Kommersant said Shcherbakov, whose first name it did not give, had been responsible for "illegal spying" in the United States, meaning spies operating under deep cover without diplomatic immunity.

Confirming Kommersant’s report was accurate, Gennady Gudkov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament’s security committee, said it was a major failure by Russian intelligence and a success for the United States.

"It is a major blow to the image of the Russian intelligence services," he told Reuters

And "image" is everything. After all, we didn’t need to learn what these ten spies were doing or who else they had recruited.

The paper said Shcherbakov had left Russia days before U.S. authorities announced the spy ring arrests on June 28 and quoted a Kremlin official as saying a Russian hit squad was probably already planning to kill him.

"We know who he is and where he is," the unidentified official was quoted as saying. "Do not doubt that a Mercader has been sent after him already."

Ramon Mercader was the Russian agent who murdered exiled Bolshevik Leon Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico in 1940.

Aren’t these charming people? By the way, it’s probably just a coincidence, but a Kommersant reporter was nearly beaten to death just the other day.

All 10 spies arrested in the United States pleaded guilty and were deported to Russia in a swap less than two weeks later.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, himself a former KGB spy, greeted them as heroes. He said traitors came to a bad end, and the informer would be left to the mercy of his own kind.

"The special services live by their own laws and everyone knows what these laws are," he said shortly after the swap

But, yes, we really need to work more closely with the Soviet Union Russia. We can trust them on little things like START and helping us in Afghanistan.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “10 Russian Spies Were Unmasked By Boss”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Has the NY Times condemned this Soviet defector yet?

  2. canary says:

    Just read the woman spy we sent back is doing porno. They also had photo of her modeling in a modern Cinderella outfit in front of her Cinderella carriage. She can’t be missing the U.S. now.

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