Russian Spies Say ‘Poka’ to American Dream, Board Plane for Russia
July 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The 10 Russian spies among us are now long gone from their American suburban lives, swapped for four Russian prisoners accused of spying for the West. After the deep cover agents plead guilty in a New York federal court room to a charge of operating as unregistered foreign agents, they were ordered deported and put on a plane bound for Vienna, and swapped on the tarmac soon after landing. As a condition of their release, the spies can never again, set foot in the United States. Do svidaniya, Poka and see yah.
The court proceedings and the spy swap occurred with unprecedented speed. Both countries were anxious to put an end to the Cold War era spy tale, at a time of improving relations between the Russian federation and the U.S. And with the START treaty waiting for approval in the Senate.
Additionally, the suburban spies more concerned with their mundane lives of lawn care and play dates, had little information to offer U.S. authorities, since the F.B.I. had been monitoring the spy ring for nearly seven-years.
According to the report compiled by Voice of America, the U.S. was pleased with obtaining the release of the four Russian prisoners on humanitarian grounds:
“The U.S. State Department said in a statement that no significant national security benefit would have been gained from the prolonged incarceration in the U.S. of the 10 agents. The U.S. also said it took advantage of the opportunity to secure the release of the four people serving lengthy prison terms in Russia, saying some were in poor health.”
Besides the arms control expert Igor Sutyagin, the other three prisoners have been identified as former KGB agents, Alexander Zaporozhsky, Sergei Skripal and Gennady Vasilenko.
And so America’s fascination with the real life Cold War era spy novel and the “spy babe” must come to an end.