Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Them Russky Spies

"Why arrest spies now and, in particular, why Russian spies?" asks Conservative Heritage Times in a brief but excellent analysis of what's really going on — The Obama Regime’s “Russian Spy” Distraction. It may well be "a desperate act to try to save a failing presidency" and "because Russia is a white, Christian nation, a natural ally." (To be fair, the whiter President Bush and his neocons did their share to alienate the Russians as well.)

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Blogger Procopius said...

Sadly, it seems like his antipathy to Mr. Obama has addled Bede's brain, and infected him with worship of certain idols.

Sad really

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not even the FBI is calling them "spies," because they weren't looking for government secrets. Nor was their tradecraft (facebook pages with tons of Russian friends) that of real spies.

As they were looking for economic information, perhaps to do some insider trader, a more accurate explanation may be that they were gumshoeing for someone in Moscow who trades on the information they get, and who is a little sloppy when it comes to distinguishing between public and private.

Interestingly enough, some Russians are pointing out that they recently gave the Americans a list of Afghan herbal extract kingpins living in America, whose products are making it into Russian veins, and requested their extradition.

8:40 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Procopius, I've seen the same with others on the right.

Anon, exactly the point.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Anonymous, you might try reading the criminal complaint before making ill-informed comments like the above.

Two of the indicted individuals were living in the US under their real (Russian) names. Their identity as Russians was no secret; hence, having "facebook pages with tons of Russian friends" would hardly constitute a break of proper tradecraft. Indeed, if you were to read the charging papers, you'd have seen that some of their tradecraft was downright sophisticated (e.g., digital image steganography, etc.) and very professional.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The "Anna Chapman" defendant had tons of Russian friends, and some of them well-connected Russian friends at that, on FB, and unless I'm badly mistaken, posted in Russian on her page. Anna Chapman isn't a typical Russian name.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the people at the alphabet agencies looking for terrorists and other evil doers check FB friends, precisely for such idiosyncrasies.

"Illegals" NEVER, but ABSOLUTELY NEVER, know the identities of other "illegals," so that one can't bring all of them down, but in those case they did. This is espionage 101; various experts with experience in this sort of stuff are saying that such slack standards do not happen without there being much more to the story.

Steganography is commonly used in commercial espionage type situations, i.e. the sort of people who profit from insider trading, but don't go to jail.

1:28 PM  

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