Russia, U.S. to Make Cold War Era Spy Swap?
July 7, 2010
(ChattahBox)– The surprising arrests of 10 Russian spies living the ordinary American dream, mostly in boring suburbia, has captured the imagination of the American public. And the Facebook glamor photos of spy Anna Chapman, variously dubbed, as “spy babe” and a sexy femme fatale “James Bond girl” has raised the libido of male admirers around the globe. So, what will become of the Russian “illegals” and their children? How about a good old fashioned Cold War spy swap, at an international border separating freedom and Communism? Can’t you just picture it? The 1950s hats and fog, lots of fog. Well, it just might happen.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, preparations are being made to swap a number of the Russian spies in American custody for the release of Igor Sutyagin, a nuclear weapons specialist and Russian academic charged with spying for the U.S. and sentenced to 15-years in prison. Sutyagin has insisted that he only provided open source material to the U.S as part of his job. And his controversial case has been targeted by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, characterizing him as a political prisoner.
Reports point to Sutyagin being swapped along with others in Russian custody,for an unknown number of the Russian spies, as early as Thursday, but the U.S. and the Russian Federation are not confirming the plans:
“The academic, Igor Sutyagin, told his mother of the deal early Wednesday after authorities unexpectedly moved him from a prison in northern Russia on Tuesday to a special jail in Moscow in preparation for release, his mother said. His lawyer, Anna Stavitskaya, who also met him Wednesday at the Moscow prison, confirmed the account.”
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