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NEW YORK – In the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, 10 confessed Russian agents who infiltrated suburban America were ordered deported Thursday in exchange for four people convicted of betraying Moscow to the West. The agents, many speaking in heavy Russian accents despite having spent years posing as U.S. citizens, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a Manhattan courtroom, were sentenced to time served and ordered out of the country. U.S. and Russian officials said they would be exchanged for four Russian citizens convicted of spying for the West.
WASHINGTON – Across a vast global chessboard, the pieces were set in motion Wednesday. In Moscow, Igor Sutyagin, an imprisoned physicist, was transported from a prison camp near the Arctic Circle to the high-security Lefortovo facility and ushered into a room to meet with a general from the Russian security services and three U.S. diplomats.
NEW YORK – Children often ask the question “Who am I?” as they come of age, but that’s nothing like the identity crisis now confronting the sons and daughters of four couples accused of spying for Russia. Over a turbulent week, at least some, and maybe all, have discovered that mom and dad are not who they said they were. The children’s citizenship, family history, and even their very names have been called into question.
NEW YORK – One of 11 people charged with being part of a Russian spy ring told investigators that his loyalty to his handlers exceeded his commitment to his own son, prosecutors said Thursday as they argued against releasing the defendants on bond and warned that evidence unveiled so far was “the tip of an iceberg.” Three of the accused spies appeared in Manhattan federal court before Magistrate Ronald L. Ellis, who denied bail for a couple who went by the names Richard and Cynthia Murphy. They had lived a seemingly serene life in suburban New Jersey.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Richard and Cynthia Murphy grew lettuce in a backyard garden, walked their daughters to the school bus each morning, and swapped Christmas cards with old neighbors who had moved to Texas. Their modest three-bedroom house sported maroon shutters and a wrap-around porch, and sat on a winding street in a well-heeled suburb across from Manhattan. They drove a green Honda Civic.
WASHINGTON – Federal officials on Monday charged 11 people on the East Coast as secret agents of Russia in a multiyear investigation that turned up allegations of a vast undercover network designed to collect fresh information for Moscow, including new U.S. nuclear weapons research. The alleged spy ring’s members were given the single, primary goal of becoming “sufficiently ‘Americanized’ ” to gain access to the U.S. government’s planning and policy apparatus, the FBI said in documents supporting the charges.