May 24, 2013
Accused Russian Spies Rekindle Cold War Passions
Posted on Jun 29, 2010
Russian authorities are up in arms over the arrest of 11 Russians accused of spying on the U.S. The FBI announced the arrests Monday, “in the spirit of the spy novel intrigues of the Cold War era,” as the Russian Foreign Ministry put it.
Russian officials quoted by The Washington Post suggested that the whole affair is part of a scheme to put thawing Russo-American relations back on ice.
The Russian government has acknowledged that the accused, 10 of whom were arrested in the U.S. with an 11th arrested and released on bail in Cyprus, are Russian.
David Wolstencroft, the creator of the long-running spy genre TV show “Spooks,” is getting a nostalgia kick out of what “appears to have been retro espionage of the highest order,” although, he adds, “there is absolutely nothing amusing about real people going to real prison.” —PZS
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