Wednesday, May 15, 2013

U.S. Diplomat Arrested in Moscow: Let the Spy Games Begin...Again

I woke up this morning to the news that a U.S. Diplomat had been arrested for attempting to recruit a Russian Intelligence officer, in what I suspect was part of an ongoing Russian-controlled double agent operation. I suspect. The CIA officer was probably led to believe the Russian officer had planned to cooperate with U.S. intelligence, all at the behest and watchful eye of his agency.
(From ABC News)
What rather surprised me, and perhaps shouldn't have, is that the arrest wasn't back-channeled as  most are, handled quietly between the State Department and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After all, the FBI has made several low-key arrests that you wouldn't know about if you weren't looking for them--there was no public hoopla. But the Russians really went there. I mean, they didn't just arrest the guy, they splattered the officer's photos through the press along with pictures of a table full of spy gadgets, money, and disguises.

My heart sank when I saw it. A pretty big blow, one of which the CIA will deny deny deny. That's what they're supposed to do. U.S. intelligence does not operate in Moscow...and Russians intelligence doesn't operate in the United States. And if you believe that I have a used spaceship from the Planet Moron for sale in my backyard.

In my estimation, there are two reasons for the humiliating public demonstration--either this spells a shift in the mostly settled relationship the U.S. has shared with Moscow over the past few years and they want to let us know under no uncertain terms that we are not friends and never will be. OR--this is a right cross in response to the uppercut we served to them in 2010 when the FBI exposed the illegals network in an operation that received A LOT of press. I mean a lot. Hell, the FX network even created a show, The Americans, that I'm certain was at least inspired by the those arrests.

Either way, American intelligence doesn't usually take this kind of thing on the chin or turn the other cheek. No, we tend to get our "cowboy" on and come firing back, all barrels blazing. I'd be very surprised if we don't see a body blow delivered hard and fast to the gut of the Russian Embassy in Washington or one of the other U.S. residencies in San Francisco or New York. However long it takes, I don't think we've seen the last of the tit-for-tat machinations.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, this spooky game of espionage between Russian and U.S. intelligence will endure for years to come. That's why I love writing this new series! In my fictional world you'll get to read about a lot of stuff that you thought you'd only read in papers...and some stuff you'll never read about unless you read my series. :)

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