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U.S.-Russia Spy Swap

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Posted on July 8 2010 4:15 pm
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by DRJ

The U.S. and Russian governments may be preparing for a multi-person spy swap:

“The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion Thursday, with up to 10 guilty pleas expected in New York by defendants accused of spying for Russia in exchange for the release of convicted Russian spies. A Russian convicted of spying for the United States was reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna.

A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties chilled by a deepening atmosphere of suspicion.

Most, if not all, of the 10 defendants charged in New York last week were expected to enter guilty pleas in a Manhattan court that would lead to their deportation, a person familiar with the talks between defense lawyers and the government told The Associated Press. The person, who said the defendants would plead guilty to conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government, spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the plea discussions.”

Read more at Patterico’s Pontifications

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