"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
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(Thomas Jefferson)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Smoking Gun? What is the Obama Administration Hiding with the Rapid Swap of 10 Russian Agents?

Update, 07/14/10, 7:04 p.m. now we have a 12th spy who was arrested and then sent to Russia yesterday -- how many more and why the quick transfer?

(July 14) -- The 12th person detained in connection with the Russian spy ring investigation was a software tester at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., headquarters, the company confirmed today in published reports.

Alexey Karetnikov, 23, worked at Microsoft as an entry-level software tester for about nine months, the company said. Microsoft did not comment on when Karetnikov began employment at the company. The news of his job at Microsoft was first reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.
Karetnikov was deported to Russia on Tuesday, following his arrest in Seattle on June 28.

"He was present in the United States in violation of immigration law and voluntarily agreed to deportation in lieu of further court proceedings," Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, told KOMO-TV.

The following paragraph says it all and flies in the face of any denials by this Administration that this wasn't about politics:

The swap of the 10 "illegals," or deep-cover agents, last week — 12 days after their arrest — also prevented trial disclosures of other potentially embarrassing details, like the identities of what an FBI criminal complaint described as a "former legislative counsel for the U.S. Congress" and "former high-ranking United States government national security official" both of whom provided information to two Boston-based Russians in the case. Both officials' names were omitted from the complaint.
One thing we can be certain is that both the former legislative counsel for the U.S. Congress and a former high-ranking US government national security official are Democrats because if they were Republicans it would be above the fold headlines on the front page. That's how the Democrats and media work hand in glove. If it is a negative about a Democrat don't bother to say the party but if it is a Republican plaster it all over.

Since they arrested an 11th spy as part of this ring, it makes one wonder how many there are all total. Odd deal about the 11th spy as he was arrested by Cyprus authorities as he was trying to leave the island and then released. What are these people hiding that they are released so fast or swapped very quickly? Maybe they know where Obama was born as no one else seems to be able to determine that with 100% accuracy.

If there were 11 spies, you can take it to the bank that there are a lot more operating in the United States. Some reset button by Obama and Hillary with Russia's
leadership who knew all along they had spies in this Country. Russian leaders must have been laughing inside at Obama and Hillary and their reset button.

Obvious that this Administration is not going to give the details of why the swap of spies took place so rapidly which leads to even more speculation that something is being covered up. Yet, we are supposed to take the CIA spokesman word that there was nothing political involved. If any political appointee from the CIA said the sky was blue today, we would have to check for ourselves. They have the credibility of a gnat. In fact probably less than a gnat.

Spy swap puts halt to fact findingPublic trial of 10 Russian agents could have led to revelationsBy Bill Gertz
9:10 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Obama administration's rapid release of 10 Russian intelligence officers removed the prospect of a public trial revealing embarrassing facts about Russian influence operations, like the targeting of a key Democratic Party financier close to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Current and former national security officials critical of the speedy exchange with Moscow also said trading the 10 spies for four Russians less than two weeks after their arrest also limited U.S. counterspies from learning important details of Russian espionage and influence operations.

Questions about the handling of the case were raised Tuesday during a closed-door briefing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, questioned the unprecedented speed used by the administration in moving the spies out of the country.

"We gave up the opportunity," he said. "Now that these people are out of the country, it's game off, not game on. We will get no additional insights or information from them."

Mr. Hoekstra said the House intelligence oversight panel will be briefed on the case this week and "tough questions" will be raised about the swap. "Right now, it looks like this is one time the government should have been a little more deliberate and taken its time before acting in haste," he said.


The Russian SVR foreign intelligence service also asked its spies to provide information on the new strategic arms treaty, the war in Afghanistan and Iran's nuclear program, indications that Moscow is working covertly against U.S. efforts on those issues, despite efforts by President Obama and Mrs. Clinton to "reset" U.S.-Russia relations.

Law enforcement and intelligence officials close to the case said politics did not play a role in the decision to quickly swap the spies for the four Russians held on intelligence-related charges by Moscow. They also dismissed the idea that more information would have been gained from holding the spies longer. The exchange took place Saturday in Vienna, Austria.

Read More at Washington Times

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