Fallout from Russian spy-ring bust

spy vs. spyEven as his government acknowledged that its citizens were among the 11 people that U.S. authorities charged were part of a long-running spy operation, Russian Prime Minister Putin criticized U.S. law enforcement for busting up the espionage ring.  International relations Professor Joseph Wippl, a 30-year CIA veteran, says Russia has continued a robust intelligence collection program since the break up of the Soviet Union, believing that relations between countries and regions can and will change.

“Good relations can become poor relations.  Neutral relations can develop into hostile relations.  For Russia, intelligence is not about countries that are hostile but about countries that are important.”

Contact Joseph Wippl, 617-353-8992, jwippl@bu.edu

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