Cold War-esque Russian-U.S. Spy Swap Going Down Today
July 8, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The early-summer media fascination with the arrested Russian spies, living out the American dream in suburbia, may soon come to an end. Yesterday, it was reported that a deal was in the works to make a spy swap for a number of Russian political prisoners charged with espionage sought by the U.S., in exchange for shipping the detained Russian spies back to Russia. Today, the plans appear more definitive, with the release of Igor Sutyagin, a nuclear weapons specialist and Russian academic. Sutyagin has reportedly been flown to Vienna. And the wholesale spy swap may occur in Britain. And to those of you whom have developed a crush on the fetching spy babe Anna Chapman—sorry, she is reportedly part of the swap and will be returning to the Russian Federation.
Although the details of the spy swap are top secret, with officials from both the U.S. and Russia refusing to confirm a spy trade, reports in Russian newspapers and statements made by Sutyagin’s lawyer Anna Stavitskaya, as well as Anna Chapman’s attorney, have provided a clearer picture of the trade, according to a report by Bloomberg News:
“Anna Stavitskaya said Sutyagin was told about the plan to trade 11 Russian prisoners for people accused of spying in the U.S. by a Russian official who met with him at Lefortovo prison in Moscow. Sutyagin was told the exchange would take place today, though the time and place are unknown, Stavitskaya said on Ekho Moskvy radio yesterday. She confirmed the comments when contacted by Bloomberg News today and declined to elaborate.” [...]
“Sutyagin said American officials were present during the meeting at which the swap was discussed, though he didn’t speak with them, according to Stavitskaya. The U.S. compiled a list of 11 Russian prisoners, including Sutyagin, who they wanted to swap, the lawyer said.”
And so the Russian spies will quietly go into the night and the Cold War-esque, spy novel incident will fade to black.