11 people assigned a decade or more to illegally infiltrate American society had been arrested. They are accused of using fake names and claims of U.S. citizenship to burrow into U.S. society and ferret out intelligence as Russian "illegals"-spies operating without diplomatic cover.Most of the suspects were accused of using fake names and claims of U.S. citizenship while really being Russian. It was unclear how and where they were recruited, but court papers say the operation goes back as far as the 1990s.
Two of the 10 defendants describing their main mission as "to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US." Intercepted messages showed they were asked to learn about a wide range of topics, including nuclear weapons, U.S. arms control positions, Iran, White House rumors, CIA leadership turnover, the last presidential election, Congress and the political parties.
Moscow wanted reports that "should reflect approaches and ideas of" four unnamed sub-Cabinet U.S. foreign policy officials.
Russia probably has about 50 deep-cover couples -and maybe even up to 60 of them -spying inside the United States. Ex-double agent said that, based on his experience in Russian intelligence, "there's usually 40 to 50 couples, all illegal."
Could they try and plant someone on the Bench of the Supreme Court?
U.S. Sec. Henry A. Wallace, Dept. of Agricultural;
Henry A. Wallace, Vice President of the U.S.;
U.S. Sec. Henry A. Wallace, Dept. of Commerce;
Henry A. Wallace, possible agent of Russia.Alger Hiss, U.S. State Dept. Official, possible agent of Russia.
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