Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon contacted the Central Intelligence Agency in late 2009 with an urgent question.
Bail hearings for five defendants accused of belonging to a “deep-cover” Russian spy ring have been delayed following requests from defense lawyers for additional time.
Federal agents arrested 10 alleged members of a “long-term, deep-cover” Russian spy ring whose ultimate goal was to infiltrate U.S. policy-making circles, according to the Justice Department.
For all its ambitious efforts, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service in the end wound up with a couple of hot tips about the gold market and an outed agent whose supposed predilection for kinky sex was smeared across tabloid headlines.
Three of the accused “deep-cover” Russian spies may have had jobs that put them in contact with opinion makers, corporate executives or aspiring technology industry workers.
The U.S. government is seeking forfeiture of real estate, cars and cash left behind by 10 members of a Russian spy ring expelled from the country in July.
Accused Russian spies Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills admitted they are Russians and that their names are fake, U.S. prosecutors said.
Four men jailed in Russia were exchanged for 10 convicted members of a Russian spy ring, some of whom posed as ordinary Americans for more than a decade.
Ten members of a Russian spy ring pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as unregistered foreign agents, and will be expelled immediately from the U.S. in a prisoner exchange with Russia.