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    Suspected Russian spies charged in US

    US strategy expert Stephen Flanagan: 'The suspects had been under surveillance by the FBI for some years'

    Ten alleged members of a Russian spy-ring have been charged in the US with acting as foreign agents.
    The suspects are accused of posing as ordinary citizens, some living together as couples for years.
    They were charged with conspiracy to act as unlawful agents of a foreign government, a crime which carries up to five years in prison.

    A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said the allegations were contradictory.

    "We are studying the information. There are a lot of contradictions," spokesman Igor Lyakin-Frolov told the AFP news agency, declining further comment.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later said Moscow expected Washington to provide an explanation over the the spying row, Russia's Interfax news agency reports.

    Nine of the alleged spies also face a charge of conspiracy to launder money, which carries a 20-year prison sentence.
    An 11th suspect remains at large, according to the US justice department.

    BBC News, Washington
    So what were the alleged spies up to? The Department of Justice has made clear that none of the information at stake was classified. Most of what the alleged spies were after seems almost anodyne.
    While the incident does not look good for the Russians, the initial US reaction has been sanguine.
    Russian spy stories may be a throwback to the Cold War and sound alarming but they probably don't surprise anyone in Washington, especially not in the government.

    US officials who travel to Moscow routinely turn off their BlackBerries and leave them on the plane to make sure data on their phones remains out of reach of any tech-savvy Russian intelligence agents.

    Alleged intercepted messages in court documents suggest they were asked to find information on topics including nuclear weapons, US arms control positions, Iran, White House rumours, CIA leadership turnover, and political parties.
    The US Department of Justice says eight of the suspects allegedly carried out "long-term, 'deep-cover' assignments" on US soil, working in civilian jobs so as not to arouse suspicion.

    They were allegedly trained by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to infiltrate policy-making circles and collect information, according to court papers filed in the US court for the southern district of New York.

    They were told to befriend US officials and send information using various methods to Russian government handlers.
    US officials said the spy-ring was discovered in a "multi-year investigation" by FBI agents who posed as Russian handlers and gleaned information from two of the suspects.

    'Invisible ink' Investigators say some of the agents had been using false identities since the early 1990s, using codes and engaging in advanced computer operations, including posting apparently innocent pictures on the internet which contained hidden text.
    District Court complaint District Court complaint 1

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    Spy Ring Charges 'A Cold War Throwback'

    Russia's foreign ministry has said US allegations of a spy ring linked to Moscow were "baseless" and a throwback to the Cold War.

    The statement follows the arrest of 10 people in America on Monday accused of spying for Russia for as long as a decade.
    The FBIsaid the suspects were thought to have served as secret agents on deep-cover assignments for Russia's foreign intelligence service, the SVR.

    The office of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev had earlier said it was not protocol for them to comment on the arrests because they regarded it an American issue - no Russian citizens were involved.

    But foreign ministry official Andrei Nesterenko said the allegations of links to Russia had "unseemly goals".
    "We do not understand the reasons why the US Department of Justice has made a public statement in the spirit of the Cold War.


    A house in New Jersey where two suspects lived

    "In any case, it is regrettable that all these things are happening on the background of the 'reset' in Russian-US relations announced by the US administration."

    Five of the 10 accused appeared in a New York court on Monday, where it was alleged their mission was to make ties within policy-making circles and find out about arms control and nuclear weapons.

    US authorities charged 11 people with the plot but one is still at large following arrests on Sunday in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

    The charges against the suspects include conspiracy to act as unlawful agents of the Russian Federation and money laundering.
    The group allegedly assumed false identities in the US under orders of the SVR.

    Their goal was to "become sufficiently 'Americanised' such that they could… successfully recruit sources who are in, or are able to infiltrate, United States policy-making circles", according to criminal complaints filed in the US.

    We do not understand the reasons why the US Department of Justice has made a public statement in the spirit of the Cold War.
    Russian foreign ministry official Andrei Nesterenko

    But they were not assigned to collect classified secret information, a Justice Department official said.
    Most are believed to be originally from Russia and had been trained to secretly infiltrate America.

    Political analyst at the New Eurasia Foundation in Moscow, Andrei Kortunov, said: "If they are undercover spies their Russian passports will be in a safe here in Russia.

    "The nationality in this case is hard to prove. The accusations at this point are only criminal violations - fake passports, money laundering.
    "If Russia will not admit they are related in some way, it's almost impossible to prove anything."
    Some of the alleged spies have been under cover since the early 1990s, with many living as couples with ordinary lives in the suburbs.


    Mr Medvedev and Mr Obama ate burgers together only last week

    They even had children, brought up as Americans who were seemingly unaware of their Russian roots.
    The so-called sleeper agents communicated by various methods - including secret data embedded in images on public websites, short range wireless between laptop computers and coded radiograms set at special frequencies.

    The arrests come just days after US President Barack Obama met with Mr Medvedev.

    The leaders have made efforts to repair a relationship between the two nations that has been fractured over diverging foreign policies and business matters.

    Mr Obama even described his visiting Russian counterpart as a "solid and reliable partner".
    The arrests are the culmination of a multi-year investigation that used extensive surveillance of communications and wiretaps, including putting listening devices into the homes of the accused.

    Those charged include: Richard Murphy, Cynthia Murphy, Donald Heathfield, Tracey Lee Ann Foley, Michael Zottoli, Patricia Mills, Juan Lazaro, Vicky Pelaez, Anna Chapman, Mikhail Semenko and Christopher Metsos - who remains at large.
    Pelaez was said to be Peruvian-born and had worked for several years as a reporter and editor for El Diario/La Prensa, one of the country's best-known Spanish-language newspapers.
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    Putin says U.S. police "out of control" in spy case

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow angrily rejected U.S. accusations on Tuesday that Washington had cracked an undercover Russian spy ring, and said the Cold War-style cloak and dagger saga seemed timed to wreck a recent thaw in relations. Russian PM said U.S. police had gone "out of control" after 10 suspected spies were arrested in the United States in the biggest espionage case for years.

    "I hope that all the positive gains that have been achieved in our relationship will not be damaged by the recent event," he told visiting ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton.

    An 11th was arrested in Cyprus on Tuesday and was released on bail, police on the Mediterranean island said.
    The suspects, some of whom lived quiet lives in American suburbia for years, were accused of gathering information ranging from data on high-penetration nuclear warhead research programs to background on CIA job applicants.

    The arrests came days after a warm Washington summit between President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, part of what the US describes as a "reset" of long-strained ties with the Kremlin.

    "The choice of timing was particularly graceful," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists sarcastically during a trip to Jerusalem. Other Russian officials also suggested the timing was no coincidence.

    "We do not understand what prompted the U.S. Justice Department to make a public statement in the spirit of Cold War espionage," the Foreign Ministry said, calling the accusations baseless.

    It said lawyers and diplomats should be given access to the suspects.

    "We deeply regret that all of this has happened against the background of the relations reset declared by the U.S. administration itself," the ministry said in a statement.

    With buried banknotes, coded communications and other cinematic details, the accusations echoed spy scandals of the 20th century and the more recent chill in relations with a Kremlin which, under the 2000-2008 presidency of ex-KGB spy Putin, often accused the West of trying to weaken Russia.

    Britain and Ireland both said they were checking reports suspects had traveled on false passports from their countries.
    Moscow has repeatedly accused Western powers of maintaining spying operations against Russia despite the end of the Cold War. Western powers also complain of Russian activity, especially in the commercial and scientific areas.


    Russian analysts said the timing suggested it was an attempt to undermine the "reset" which Obama's administration has hailed as a major foreign policy achievement, citing Moscow's support for sanctions against Iran and cooperation on Afghanistan.

    "It's a slap in the face to Barrack Obama ," said Anatoly Tsyganok, a political analyst at Moscow's Institute of Political and Military Analysis. He predicted Russia would follow Cold War etiquette and uncover an equal number of alleged U.S. spies.
    Military analyst Alexander Golts said the scandal would be unlikely to deal a major setback to ties. Obama's administration would aim to "soft-pedal the situation" to avoid damage to improved relations it sees as a foreign policy success, he said.

    Tatyana Stanovaya, political analyst at Moscow's Center for Political Technologies, said the accusations could widen a rift in Russia's elite between advocates and opponents of better U.S. ties, with the scale of the response hinting at who is ascendant.

    Stanovaya said it could dent the authority of Medvedev, who is struggling to emerge from Putin's shadow and has made engagement with Washington a hallmark of his presidency.

    The U.S. Justice Department accused the 11 people of operating as "illegals"; the term applied in the intelligence world to agents infiltrated under false identities, rather than officers who use diplomatic or other legitimate cover.

    They were accused of collecting information ranging from research programs on small-yield, high-penetration nuclear warheads to the Global Market and seeking background on people who applied for jobs at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to criminal complaints filed in a U.S. court.

    Authorities said 10 were arrested on Sunday in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Virginia on charges including conspiracy to act as unlawful Russian agents and money laundering. They sought to "become sufficiently 'Americanized' such that they could gather information about the United States for Russia and can successfully recruit sources who are in, or are able to infiltrate, United States policy-making circles," court papers said.

    The U.S. Justice Department said they received extensive training in coded communications, how to evade detection and how to pass messages to other agents.

    After the 2001 arrest of FBI agent Robert Hanssen, accused of selling secrets to Moscow over 15 years and sentenced to life in prison, Washington expelled four Russian diplomats and ordered 46 to leave the country. Russia responded in kind.
    In 2006, Russia accused British diplomats of running a James Bond style spy ring and communicating with agents via an electronic device disguised as a rock. The next year, British officials said Russian spying was "at Cold War levels."

    (Additional reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov and Amie Ferris-Rotman; Writing by Conor Humphries and Steve Gutterman; Editing by Peter Graff)

    Russia angry as U.S. seeks to limit spy fallout - Yahoo! News
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    Anna Chapman, the flame-haired beauty accussed of spying for the Russian government, was no low-profile operative content with simply hiding in the shadows.

    On the contrary, Chapman seem to court the limelight.

    When she wasn't allegedly meeting with her Russian handlers or being duped by undercover agents, the 28-year-old divorcee was gallivanting around New York.

    Chapman has been photographed partying it up at trendy events, and posted risqué pics of herself on her Facebook page.

    Chapman and her alleged co-conspirators were charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, as well conspiracy to commit money laundering.

    The charges carry a maximum penalty of five and twenty years in prison, respectively



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    Hawa 10 Russian spies naona wanakua exchanged with 4 American spies held in Russia. Ila hawa wa-Russia wameshakuwa so Americanized kiasi kwamba some of them dont wanna go back to Russia, kasheshe ni kwamba lazima tu wapandishwe ndege kurudi kwao!.