Hero journalist Yulia Latynina, writing in the Moscow Times:
During his visit to Ukraine on Saturday, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told journalists that he met with the 10 Russian “illegals” — who pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to being agents for the Russian government — at some point after they arrived in Moscow on July 9.
“They will find decent work — I’m sure,” Putin said. “I don’t doubt that they will have interesting, bright lives.” Perhaps he was referring to Anna Chapman, who has already received an offer from Vivid Entertainment to play the leading role in a porn film.
“I can tell you that it was a hard fate for each of them,” Putin said. “First, they had to master a foreign language as their own.”
Here, Putin was clearly exaggerating their English-language skills. Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at The New School in New York, was the academic supervisor of Richard Murphy — one of the spies whose real name is Vladimir Guryev. She wrote in Foreign Policy magazine about how she did a double-take when she met this supposedly Irish-
American student with a strong Russian accent. Plus, he had that insolent, downtrodden demeanor that screams, “I was raised in Russia!”
But the most important open question is who was the informer who helped U.S. authorities uncover the spy network? Since Putin met with all 10 of the agents, it is safe to assume that none of them was the informer.
The first person the media and analysts named as the most probable informer was Sergei Tretyakov, a Russian spy who defected to the United States in 2000. But Tretyakov’s biographer, Pete Earley, insists that Tretyakov knew nothing about the 10 agents. Moreover, if Russian intelligence knew that Tretyakov was passing secret information on to the FBI about the 10 agents, surely the Foreign Intelligence Service would have evacuated the agents as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, there is one person left — spy No. 11, the most important figure in the network. I’m talking about Christopher Metsos. In contrast to the 10 clowns, Metsos was a top-level spy.
According to the official version, he apparently “fled” the United States to Cyprus, where he was arrested, released on parole and then disappeared. On the surface, this appears to be a blatant act of negligence by the FBI when it let Metsos leave the United States, particularly since he was supposedly under much heavier surveillance than the other 10 agents.
But maybe Metsos’ flight was just a smokescreen to cover up his work as a double agent. Maybe Metsos was a mole who was feeding the Foreign Intelligence Service false information while working for the Americans during the 2000s.
Another circumstance supporting this version is that no one is blaming the FBI for letting the ringleader go free.
Another strange thing: Why has Russia not said a word about its brilliant victory — that it was able to evacuate its top spy from Cyprus in a secret operation? To be sure, the security service is probably prohibited from giving details, but if Russia did, in fact, save Metsos, we would have surely heard bits and pieces of this amazing operation through leaks or anonymous sources.
The whole world is looking for Metsos, but maybe he is comfortably living in the United States, where he has been debriefed by the FBI and CIA and has already received a new name and face.
I have a question: why Y. Latynina is called a hero?
Because she picked up the flag of Anna Politikovska, who was murdered for writing the same stories about Kremlin corruption and failure that Latynina now writes. Because she is risking her life to try to better her country.
Thanks for the enlightenment, Kim. I was afraid that she got the Hero title for her belief that “..only wealthy people are truly capable of electing their leaders in a responsible manner.”
May I also say, that your explanation puts you into the ranks of the Russian legalized “opposition”, rather then “Russophobes”.
So, as I expected, these “spies” had a thick Russian accent? This means that the FBI lied when it claimed that they had transformed themselves into Americans, that they were “moles”, and that nobody around them suspected that they were Russians. Why does FBI lie so much? And why do average Americans believe these obvious lies?
America is a country with many many immigrants and many many thick accents.
Most of these people reach heights of success and happiness that they could not have dreamed of in their own country (as demonstrated by my own fellow-countrymen from England who went there in 1620, founded the place, and made a better England, becoming in the process real Americans).
How about naming me 100 immigrants to Russia who achieved the same? How about even one?
America has MILLIONS.
A few bad apples, like your spies, get through and provide the intelligent world with no more than a bit of fun and a laugh.
Russia has its heroes though, and Latynina (whom I am proud to translate occasionally) is a hero to write what she does in a country where it is dangerous to be able to think well and ranks high in any intelligent person’s list of superb journalists.
(1) You have NO source to establish your ridiculous claim.
(2) The FBI accused them of TRYING to do it, not succeeding. The FBI stopped them before they could succeed, idiot.
(3) The LIAR was Vladimir Putin, who DENIED they were spies and accused the US of arresting innocent people. Why do average Russians believe these obvious lies?