Russian/U.S. spy swap

Department of Justice sealThose alleged Russian spies arrested after living in U.S. suburbia for 10 years were brought to New York as word got out that they may plead guilty and then be swapped for a scientist Moscow has kept imprisoned for a decade for allegedly spying for the United States.  International relations Professor Arthur Hulnick, himself a long-time veteran of the CIA, says he hopes a deal can be worked out so the Russian deep-cover intel officers can be allowed to go home.

“They caused no damage here, stole no secrets, and were an embarrassment to their masters in Moscow.  I suspect some U.S. counterintelligence hardliners will push to put them in jail as a deterrent to future operations, but I think the Russians will go back to more traditional espionage operations after this.”

Contact Arthur Hulnick, 617-353-8978, ahulnick@bu.edu

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