Remember all that U.S.-Russia buddy-buddy stuff that was going on last week as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the Bay Area – rubbing elbows with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Silicon Valley and San Francisco – and Washington, D.C., where he split an order of fries with President Barack Obama?
Not so fast.
The U.S. Department of Justice just announced the arrests yesterday of 10 people who either allegedly were long-term, “deep-cover” secret agents for Russia or allegedly were involved with that intelligence ring.
Four couples and two individuals were arrested at their homes or other sites in Montclair, N.J.; Yonkers, N.Y.; New York City; Boston; and Arlington, Va. One defendant named in the two complaints remains at large.
All of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. Nine of the 11 named defendants are also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.