U.S. intel braces for Kremlin blowback as result of spy case

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The illegals can be used for both obtaining secrets and supplying information that will assist the SVR in influencing U.S. policies, he said.

“It can be either one,” said Mr. deGraffenreid, former deputy national counterintelligence executive, a senior counterintelligence policy post.

In the recent case, “we’re seeing a sophisticated intelligence operation that gives the Russians open opportunities to steal secrets, technology and to influence our policies,” he said.

Detention hearings were set for all 10 suspects in federal courts in Boston, New York and Alexandria, Va. All are expected to be held without bond because of their risk of flight.

An 11th suspect, Robert Christopher Metsos, was arrested in Cyprus, and his extradition to the United States will be sought.

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Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.

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