News you may have missed #383 (Russian spy ring edition IV)

  • Analysis: Why Russia and the US still spy. The sensationalist media coverage of the FBI’s recent bust of a Russian spy ring in the US has failed to examine this development in light of the post-Cold War relations between Russia and the United States. The fact is that espionage will continue, even as the United States and Russia work out a new post-Cold War modus vivendi, says Peter Earnest, a 35-year CIA veteran.
  • Analysis: The lure of the SVR. For most Russians, getting a job in the country’s vast bureaucracy is a happy career step. Even more glamorous is the FSB, Russia’s ubiquitous domestic intelligence service. But the most prestigious agency of all is still the SVR, Russia’s equivalent of MI6, which is responsible for all foreign intelligence operations abroad, including the long-term, deep cover espionage ring just busted by the FBI. The Cold War may be over, but the SVR still offers a globe-trotting career for a small, elite group of ambitious graduates with the right connections.
  • Analysis: Was the Russian spy operation worth the trouble? The FBI has alleged no espionage or loss of classified materials as a result of the operations of the 11-member Russian spy ring. Indeed, much of what it maintains the Russians were seeking could be gleaned from a Google search. So the wider ramifications of the spy arrests may turn out to be primarily political rather than cloak-and-dagger.

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4 Responses to News you may have missed #383 (Russian spy ring edition IV)

  1. Psychological Warfare is a Very Great Step, too install a More Aggressive Bunch of Agents, when Chaos comes to The Host Nation. Politics are Influenced that way.

  2. Van says:

    Putin’s reaction at the press conference with Bill Clinton was very emotional– angry, pointed. That’s consistent with the idea that the spy bust was politically motivated, rather than routine counter-espionage.

    If the spy ring had uncovered great secrets or achieved other lofty goals, one would expect Russian leaders to be nonchalant and dismissive.

    That’s all just a superficial reading, though.

  3. I figured it was political because it was a Standoff between President Obama and Putin. It was about the Vulnerability of the latest Russian Enterprises in The Espionage in The Gulf too. Which is very much a Potential for a Military Show of Missile Technology to come to the T.V. Screens. If the Russians are going to just sit on their Duffs and take a Humiliating experience without retaliation, they might not show anything either for they are s Dependant on the Chinese for their Protection Militarily. That was a Coincidence from the Strategic Alliance, they Both Have, in the Iranian Messages, they have been sending to the U.S. too. Turkey isn’t going their way either. The Russians are now afraid of New Missile Defense, which will probably be generated, in The Eastern Block and European Nations too. The New sanctions on Iran will Probably ice this down or ramp it up too.

  4. Van says:

    Russia ‘proposes spy swap’

    Russia has expressed interest in swapping a scientist jailed for espionage with one of 10 alleged Russian agents detained by US authorities last month, a lawyer for the scientist has said.

    Igor Sutyagin, a nuclear weapons expert, was convicted by a Russian court in 2004 on charges of passing classified military information to a British firm, which prosecutors said was a front for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

    “They [Russian officials] want to exchange Sutyagin for [one of] those accused of spying in the United States,” Anna Stavitskaya, a lawyer acting for Sutyagin, said on Wednesday.

    “They want the swap to take place tommorrow.”

    The lawyer said she did not know which one of the 10 alleged Russian spies arrested in the US would be exchanged for the prisoner in Russia.

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