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July 9th, 2010
09:43 AM ET

U.S., Russia swap spies, reports say

Moscow, Russia (CNN) - A spy swap between the United States and Russia took place Friday at the airport in Vienna, Austria, Russian state media reported.

A plane carrying 10 Russian agents, who were expelled from the United States for intelligence gathering, took off from Vienna, apparently bound for Moscow, Russia, state TV reported.

A separate plane carrying four people convicted of spying for the United States took off from Vienna, too, bound for a destination in the West, according to Russia Today, the state television station.

The elaborately choreographed transfer - reminiscent of a scene from the Cold War - took about an hour, Russian state media reported.

The 10 pleaded guilty in the United States on Thursday for failing to register as foreign agents and were ordered out of the country. They then boarded a U.S.-chartered flight accompanied by U.S. Marshals, a federal law enforcement source said.

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soundoff (2 Responses)

    I find it incredibly dangerous to America that CNN and other media outlets find a red headed Russian spy so attractive that they lose sight of the danger she represented to us. If a pretty face is more important to you than the act of spying and sharing America's secrets with Russia or any other nation, than your priorities are screwed up!!

    July 11, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    After 10 years of wiretaps, and video tape sessions of the accused Russian immigrants, only a small handful were charged with receiving money from overseas and not registering as a lobbyist nor filing that income with the IRS. Only one after 10 years of wiretaps and surveillance was charged with 'approaching' a un-named US government employee and merely asking him about nuclear energy.

    I've read the entire transcript of the charges against these Russian and one South American immigrants and the charges were thin and evidence mostly lacking.

    On the other hand the Four American Spys held in Russian prisons being traded for these Russian immigrates were caught passing Nuclear Weapons plans to a known CIA agent. That is a major espionage charge and the same charge a nefarious attorney general named Richard Nixon used to push Mr. and Mrs. Rosenburg into dual electric chairs on his way to becoming another disgraceful and utterly corrupt Republican President of the United States.

    A dozen Russian alleged spy wannabe's for four actual American spys? Sure, and any other country would do the same.

    July 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm |