Tuesday, June 29, 2010

FBI arrest 10 alleged Russian spies in biggest espionage swoop since Cold War

THE FBI arrested 10 people for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia's intelligence service, the SVR, with the goal of penetrating US government policymaking circles...
Intercepted messages showed they were asked to learn about a broad sweep of topics including nuclear weapons, US arms control positions, Iran, White House rumours, CIA leadership turnover, the last presidential election, the Congress and political parties.

The court papers made public on Monday (PDF and PDF) include details of 21st century spycraft more high-tech than anything Jason Bourne knew about... used private Wi-Fi networks, flash memory sticks, and text messages concealed in graphical images to exchange information... (more)

After a secret multi-year investigation, the Justice Department announced the arrests in a blockbuster spy case that could rival the capture of Soviet Colonel Rudolf Abel in 1957 in New York. (more)

Colonel Abel, who hide his microfilm inside a hollowed out nickel, inspired one of our client gifts... The Official Espionage Spybuster Spy Coin! Our coin holds a microSD chip and contains the official FBI story about Abel's nickel. 
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