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Obama Packs Off 10 Russian Spies, ASAP

From the don’t ask, don’t tell ‘journalists’ at the Agence France-Pressee:

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A Russian aircraft taxis to a runway to prepare for takeoff, after an exchange of spies at Vienna airport July 9, 2010.

US swaps 10 Russian spies for 4 ‘agents’ held by Moscow

by Stuart Williams

July 9, 2010

MOSCOW (AFP) – The United States Friday sent back 10 spies to Russia in exchange for four Russian convicts after the most dramatic spy swap since the height of the Cold War.

Perhaps it’s nitpicking, but notice that the headline is precisely the opposite of what our (or at least the US) government and the Kremlin is claiming.

The US is calling the Russians they captured “agents” while the Russians are calling the captives they have locked up for years “spies.” Which, of course, is nonsense.

The Kremlin agents, most of whom had lived under assumed identities in the United States for years under deep cover, were put on a plane home immediately after their final court hearing, US media and Russian officials said.

The 10 pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to acting as illegal agents for Moscow and were ordered expelled from the United States, never to return

Some of these Russian spies have been in our country for ten years. We have paid a small fortune to investigate and monitor them during all that time. So what was the all fired hurry to spirit them out of the country as quickly as possible?

Don’t our intelligence experts have any questions for them? Aren’t they the slightest bit curious about what these spies may have learned? Don’t they want to know whom the Russians may have recruited over the last decade? Who might still be spying for them in the US?

It’s obvious that the Obama administration does not want the answers to such basic questions. Why is that? We thought Mr. Obama opposed the policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’

The Russian foreign ministry in a statement said the deal involved the "return to Russia of 10 Russian citizens accused in the United States, along with the simultaneous transfer to the United States of four individuals previously condemned in Russia."

The four released by Russia include three men convicted for spying for the West in well-publicised cases and another more shadowy individual about whom far less is known.

Notice that, at least as far as we know, none of the ‘spies’ being given up by the Russians are Americans. They aren’t even accused of having worked for the US, at least as far as we know. So in what sense is this even an ‘exchange’?

The case threatened to set back improving Russia-US relations but the Russian foreign ministry said its outcome showed that the "reset" spearheaded by Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev was working.

Yes, we certainly would not want to jeopardize our wonderful relationship with the Russians. Where they are free to do whatever they want, and we are free to do whatever they want.

"The current agreement gives us reason to believe that the course agreed by the leadership of Russia and the United States will be realised in practice and attempts to divert the sides from this course will not meet with success." …

That’s right. Reactionary forces who don’t want to see US and Russian relations improve ‘planted’ these Russian spies in our country ten years ago. But Mr. Obama has outsmarted them.

Despite the headlines, however, the spy ring appeared to have been amateurish and made little impact in the decade since being formed.

"No significant national security benefit would be gained from the prolonged incarceration in the United States of these 10 unlawful agents," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

And, of course, we believe them. After all, when has the State Department ever been wrong about anything?

US Attorney General Eric Holder described an "extraordinary case developed through years of work by investigators, intelligence lawyers, and prosecutors."

All of which has now been completely wasted.

In the final court session, several of the defendants acknowledged using fake names to hide in deep cover. The defendants living as Richard and Cynthia Murphy were really Vladimir and Lydia Guryev, while Donald Heathfield’s true name was revealed to be Andrey Bezrukov…

Gosh, what stunning confessions. Let’s hope they weren’t waterboarded.

Russia went to great lengths to ease the deal, sending consular officials to the detained 10 to describe "the life these defendants might be returning to back in Russia," a US prosecutor said.

What on earth is that supposed to mean? In truth, they will be treated like ‘Heroes Of The Soviet Union.’ Or, at least, like the Lockerbie bomber is being treated in Libya.

The four jailed convicts in Russia were forced to confess their crimes in order to be pardoned by President Dmitry Medvedev, a move that has already caused concern among rights activists.

What an absolute travesty.

The best known of the four is arms control expert Igor Sutyagin, who was convicted in 2004 of spying for the United States via a British company.

Notice how the AFP adds US involvement. There is no evidence of this anywhere. But it has to sound like the US is actually getting its own back. And, of course, it is even preposterous to accuse Mr. Sutyagin of “spying.” He had no access whatsoever to any classified information.

Also to be exchanged was Sergei Skripal, a former colonel with Russian military intelligence sentenced, ex-Russian Foreign Intelligence agent Alexander Zaporozhsky and Gennady Vasilenko about whom far less is known.

Again, none of these people are Americans, nor were they even accused of working for the US. But this is what is called a ‘swap.’

In any other time, with any other administration, this would be a major, even terminal scandal. But it’s just another day at the office for the Obama administration.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Packs Off 10 Russian Spies, ASAP”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Obama’s national security policy resembles his domestic economic policy: help someone, as long as they’re not American.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Mutha Kenya looking like Mother Russia more and more.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Did we at least get a couple of cases of Stoli to go along with the Russians they’re giving us?

  4. proreason says:

    Again, no picture of Anna.

    What kind of a new site is this anyway?

    • heykev says:

      Pro,
      You should be able to find a picture of her yourself in less then 3 minutes. I believe Steve is doing us a service in not providing it.

      After reading all those posts you pointed us too, I”m beginning to feel Comrade Obama has everything to hide

      I also agree with NoNeo – That this “swap” happened way too fast because our Dear Leader name would have come up more often than it has in the Blago trial.

      Which reminds me, no one here in BHO’s “home state” knows where Tony Rezko is stashed. He’s been really, really silent. The news guy on the radio here in Chicago said that they have tried to check into his whereabouts, but get no where. Something else to make you go Humm.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    They had to pack these people off to Mother Russia ASAP in order to prevent them naming names and exposing members of the administration.
    (You know you wanted to say that)

    • jobeth says:

      Obalmy and crowd hiding stuff from us?

      Could that be?

      Seriously…I couldn’t agree more. NOTHING happens…including the oil leak… without it being micro managed at the WH level, and FOR the benefit of the WH commies.

      Just as I am not convinced he is entitled to his office,
      and not convinced he is not a muslim, I am not convinced he doesn’t have some connection with the only major oil leak in the gulf in the entire history of drilling there.

      Odd how all the little details seem to point in that direction. From the oddity of it’s happening only during HIS administration, to all the fancy footwork he came up with avoiding anything that would have lessened the effect it has on our economy and ecosystem.

      I know they like to say, “never let a crisis go to waste” but I believe they know exactly how to create the crisis they need to create.

      So, as far as I’m concerned, it isn’t a far stretch to wonder what these 10 know that he is in such a hurry to get rid of them.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Alas we see the contrived results of Burger Diplomacy. Medvedev gets to bring the bacon home to Putin that our National Security really has been reduced to a sham. A new age has come at last with our Russian comrades. I’m sure the chums couldn’t be happier.

  7. GL0120 says:

    TCO is frantically working up an apology, begging Putin’s forgiveness. For his part, Putin was seen stocking up on KY for TCO’s next visit.

    • jobeth says:

      He won’t bother with the KY.

      Obalmy will only be too happy to grovel without that comfort.

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    I’m sure Obama was strict enough – forcing them to fly coach. What Courage! What Conviction! What a Jerk!


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