Deep Russian spy ring in U.S., Canada broken up by FBI

Wow. At least ten Russian secret agents operating under long-term deep cover have been arrested by the FBI. According to the English newspaper The Guardian:

In an indictment that might have been taken from the plot of a cold war thriller, the FBI alleges that the Russian intelligence service, the SVR [never heard of that one before! – JH], sent spies to live in the US under false names with the intent of becoming so Americanised they could build relationships with sources and gather information without raising suspicion. Some of the agents lived as married couples and had children who have grown up as Americans unaware that their parents are Russian.

And as the children were born here in the States, they are American citizens. Too bad about their parents…

The Montreal Gazette says that some of the spies posed as Canadians. Don’t know if they had children and bought houses, too.

So there you have it. A real Russian spy ring seeking secrets on American nuclear projects, elections, and finance. Wow! Tom Clancy, eat yer heart out!

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.