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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Edward Lucas
Much of the media, both domestic and foreign, found considerable merriment in the June 2010 announcement of the arrest and expulsion of 10 Russian intelligence agents who were in the United States as "sleeper agents" -- that is, spies who would be dormant while they posed as unremarkable civilians and wormed their ways into positions where they could obtain valuable information.
In "Deception," he contends that "the most serious" of the sleeper spies "in terms of intellectual firepower and access to decision-makers in America and elsewhere" was Andrei Bezrukov, who lived in Cambridge, Mass., under the name of "Donald Heathfield," along with his wife, Yelena.
As Mr. Lucas writes, "Imagine yourself to be an influential American -- perhaps a senior partner in a professional-services firm with a client list that includes government agencies and big companies. How suspicious would you be of an intelligent and attractive woman assigned to help with your taxes, who shows a flattering interest in your political connections?"