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FBI: Russian Spies Got Too Close (To Hillary)

From the great Bill Gertz at the Washington Times:

FBI says Russian spies got close to Cabinet

Breaking codes led to roundup

Bill Gertz – The Washington Times

Monday, October 31, 2011

The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case.

Frank Figliuzzi, assistant FBI director for counterintelligence, did not identify the Cabinet official, but other U.S. officials said it was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Wouldn’t putting a Russian spy on Mrs. Clinton’s staff be a little redundant? We didn’t think the KGB wasted their money this way.

Mr. Figliuzzi said in an interview that the FBI decided to end its more than 10-year-long counterspy investigation of the network because of concerns that the spies were “getting very close to their objective.”

Somehow we are reminded of how the FBI decided to pull the plug on ‘Abscam’ when they kept getting Democrat Congressmen in their net.

“These 10 Russian officers were sent to the U.S. on a specific mission to get close to U.S. policymakers and leaders in our government,” he said, noting that one had developed a friendship with someone close to a Cabinet official.

Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman at the time the case broke, P.J. Crowley, sought to distance her from the case, but did not deny that she was the person mentioned in court papers. “There is no reason to believe that the Secretary of State was a special target of this spy ring,” Mr. Crowley said in an email.

And there is no reason not to believe it, either.

The spy who triggered concerns about high-level infiltration was Cynthia Murphy, later identified as Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) officer Lydia Guryev. Court papers say she met several times with a prominent New York-based financier active in political fundraising and described as a “personal friend” of a Cabinet official.

It was later disclosed that the financier was Alan Patricof, director of the venture capital firm Greycroft LLC and a donor to Democratic candidates, including Mrs. Clinton when she was a U.S. senator from New York.

Even the KGB knows that if you want to get close to a Clinton you need to get between them and their money men.

Mr. Patricof said last year that he met Gureyev, whom he knew only as Cindy Murphy, several times and that she had been hired to do personal bookkeeping.

Additionally, the spy ring’s reports to Moscow revealed that the group was providing important data on the international gold markets, U.S. foreign policy toward Russia and Asia, and the identities of people applying for positions at the CIA, Mr. Figliuzzi said.

What a tight ship they run over there at the State Department.

We said they were getting too close to their objective. We’ve made the case on 10 of them. We identified all 10 of them, we can take it down,” Mr. Figliuzzi said…

Yep, much too close. To Hillary. You never know what she might have given up to an attractive woman who was pals with one of her bag men.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “FBI: Russian Spies Got Too Close (To Hillary)”

  1. Petronius says:

    “Mr. Patricof said last year that he met Gureyev … and that she had been hired to do personal bookkeeping.”

    Heh, heh, heh. LOL. All these left-wing New York guys have their “personal bookkeepers.” Just ask Eliot Spitzer.

    Gertz is good. It must be hard to write that stuff with a straight face.

  2. JohnMG says:

    This headline just kills me. With only a little imagination it’s easy to visualize some poor Ruskie cringing in horror over having to share a table at some eatery, or sit beside the PIAPS on an airplane.

    Being in the same room with her would give me the heebie-jeebies. :-)

  3. canary says:

    Any change from the latest determination that Obama knew of Fast and Furious prior to DHS & Holder?

  4. The Redneck says:

    After a substantial investigation, we discovered how a Russian spy got so close to one of the Clintons….

    He pretended to be a Chinese spy.

  5. jobeth says:

    If the stakes weren’t so high and the ‘toys’ these imbeciles are playing with weren’t so dangerous, I’d say they (our current gov officials) are beginning to look a lot like ‘the gang that couldn’t shoot straight’. Or at least a version of the keystone cops.

    You get the feeling they all sit around in their trench coats and hats in a dark dank old hotel planning away at their goal, and then promptly go out and chase each other’s tails until they catch their own tail and fall over.

    Still, they can do a lot of damage to our country while they are at it. Ms Clinton needs to put in a change of address card to our broke USPS and move to Russia.

    And speaking of our broke USPS…My neighbor sent me an invite to an affair at her house…less than half a mile away. This thing went to our local zip code PO..then was sent a full 2 hours away for a post mark and returned to be delivered to me. Ummm…If common sense prevailed wouldn’t it have been cheaper to send it to me from the local PO? What could possibly be wrong with this picture. Guess its better to move the mail 2 hours each way than to purchace a postmarking machine for the local PO. Mindboggling.

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