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FBI breaks up alleged Russian spy ring in deep cover

The Guardian

The FBI has arrested 10 alleged Russian spies and broken up a “long-term, deep cover” network of agents across America’s east coast sent to infiltrate policy making circles.

The cracking of the alleged spy ring, the largest discovered in the US since the collapse of communism, came days after Barack Obama praised Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, at the White House as a “solid and reliable partner”.

In a charge sheet that might have been taken from a cold war thriller, the FBI alleges that the Russian intelligence service, the SVR, had sent the 10 spies, and possibly many more, to live in the US many years ago under false names, with the intent of becoming so Americanised they could gather information without raising suspicion. Some of the agents lived as married couples.

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