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Russia Seeks Spy Swap For Its Non-Spies

From an unfazed Reuters:

Russian arms control researcher Igor Sutyagin stands behind bars as he listens to the verdict as he is sentenced to 15-years in prison for spying, at a courtroom in Moscow, April 7, 2004.

Russia seeks spy swap for agents in U.S: lawyer

By Guy Faulconbridge And Alexei Anishchuk

July 7, 2010

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In an espionage drama worthy of the Cold War, Russia wants a spy swap to return home its suspected agents arrested in the United States last month, a lawyer involved in the affair said on Wednesday.

The swap plans include exchanging a Russian nuclear expert jailed for passing secrets to the West. They add a new twist to a cloak-and-dagger saga that both Moscow and Washington hope will not undermine improving diplomatic relations.

Russia wants to swap its national Igor Sutyagin, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2004 for passing classified military information to a British firm which prosecutors said was a front for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

"They want to exchange Sutyagin for one of those arrested in the United States for spying," Anna Stavitskaya, a lawyer acting for Sutyagin, told Reuters.

"It is a one-for-one exchange. So each of those detained in the United States will be swapped for one person from Russia."

And a swap could prevent a long drawn out trial of the Russian suspects and avoid a possible row that both the White House and the Kremlin say they are eager to avoid

News of the possible swap emerged after Sutyagin was suddenly moved this week from a prison in Kholmogory, in Russia’s northern region of Arkhangelsk, to Moscow’s high-security Lefortovo prison and allowed to see his family.

Sutyagin told his family, including brother Dmitry, of the plans to exchange him for the accused in the United States in a swap that would involve travel to Vienna and London.

Dmitry said that Sutyagin had seen a list of names of other people who would be swapped. One name on the list was Skripal — a likely reference to Sergei Skripal, a Russian officer who was convicted of spying for Britain in 2006.

"Sutyagin agreed to the swap offer as he had no other choice left. He knew that otherwise his whole life would be broken," said Stavitskaya. "But he still insists he is innocent."

The Russians have a long history of jailing Westerners on trumped up espionage charges just for these occasions when their real spies get caught.

But putting that aside for the moment, are we supposed to forget that just last week the Kremlin was howling in indignation that we had made some horrible mistake in arresting these people? But now they want to do a swap??

Meanwhile, the Russian citizen Igor Sutyagin, who is almost certainly not an American spy, has languished in the KGB’s gulags since 1999.

Indeed, Mr.  Sutyagin is so innocent that even the anti-American Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have protested his imprisonment. But this is what passes for ‘moral equivalency’ in the age of Obama.

Besides, Mr. Obama will agree to anything to make this embarrassing situation go away.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Russia Seeks Spy Swap For Its Non-Spies”

  1. proreason says:

    Where is the picture of Anna?

  2. Georgfelis says:

    You know, the way I read that at first it looked like we were sending Russia one of our lawyers in exchange for an engineer. Which would be a pretty good deal, able to be repeated a whole bunch of times…

    • Right of the People says:

      Heck I’d make it a 10 for 1 swap, they get ten lairs and we get one engineer. We still get the better end of the deal.

    • heykev says:

      Maybe we could start draining the swamp in DC of them

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    Can we pressure them to trade the 3 kids Iran is holding?
    I realize they are probably dumb Liberals, but the Ruskies have pull with Mr. I’mADamnNutJob and I am getting tired of O-mama not getting them free.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    1983. Beirut. The Marine barracks obliterated by a truck bomb, killing 308 people, mostly US Marines.

    What most people never heard about in that same month was the story of Russian agents who were killed by members of what would become Hezbollah, formed out of what was then PLO-17. The Russians, in retaliation immediately, quietly hunted down and killed everyone connected, even vaguely, with the deaths of their agents. Killed associates, families, friends … everyone. Total bloodbath.

    Russia never had problems in Beirut after that.

    Reagan turned tail and ran.

    And now we’re bartering half-wits with people who KNOW how to put a stop to problems. So, you tell me who has the upper hand in these ‘negotiations’.

    It damn sure ain’t Washington.

  5. jobeth says:

    I’m just fascinated at the spacing between those bars! Looks like something you’d find in a high school drama. lol

    yes, I know they are in a courtroom…but some of our criminals would be through them in a real jiffy.

  6. DANEgerus says:

    Obama is an embarrassment.
    Obama throws away missile defense in exchange for nothing.
    Obama throws away our eastern European allies in exchange for nothing.
    Obama throws away NASA in exchange for nothing.
    Obama throws away Nuclear deterrent in exchange for nothing.
    By all means lets allow Obama to bury his humiliation at being exposed as Putin’s boy.
    Obama knows Bush caught these Russian spies… and Obama is now giving them away for an innocent hostage… in other words, for nothing.
    We need to throw away Obama.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      He’s not stupid. Not as bright as the media would indicate but what obfuscates the scene is that the right is ASSUMING he’s acting out of ignorance. But, I’ve seen his set of instructions and they say: “Whenever faced with the dilemma of what to do, apply the strategy that best undermines and discredits the United States. Also, never forget to show disrespect to same in any way possible, and especially in a manner that sends a clear signal to the US’s enemies that it is now weak and will not defend itself.”

      When you apply that to everything he does, it becomes clear what the outcome will be. I am currently mentally doing that to the Arizona situation and when he loses in court, he will then take up his “executive order” pen and try to further punish that state and probably indict its political leadership and drag them to the woodshed.

      He will also cut federal funding to AZ which will hurt minorities and even illegals, just to make a point.

      He’s far from stupid. He’s a bully and a coward and you have to understand his motivation in order to make any sense out of the “results” we see. He hates this country, wants to destroy it from within and his black-base voters have given him the perfect opportunity to do so. And, the right, having been hamstrung by accusations of racism, are hardpressed to say/do anything out of FEAR that they will be accused of it.

      I have long since gotten past that. It’s not racism to accuse the president of sedition. I don’t care what color he is; He’s a criminal, regardless of his political (il)logic. He is intentionally doing things that harm this nation politically, militarily and especially economically and judicially.

      The penalty for such activities are clearly spelled out in our laws.

    • proreason says:

      “He’s not stupid. Not as bright as the media would indicate”

      He’s a moron, and here’s why.

      Suppose you have average strength, but only use one arm and one leg. You don’t really have average strength then, do you?

      The Moron may have an average IQ (we could debate that. I think he’s a trained actor who only appears in scripted venues), but he can’t really think through a problem because he is blinded by his ideology. Half his brain, at least, is tied behind his back.

      That’s why he’s a moron.

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