Thursday, July 8, 2010

Breaking News! Ten Russian Spies Plead Guilty in New York Federal Court

According to various news sources, the ten individuals arrested in late June and accused of spying for the Russians have pleaded guilty in New York federal court. The guilty pleas are thought to be the first step in a prisoner swap between the United States and Russia.

According to Fox News:

Ten people accused of spying for Russia pleaded guilty inside a Manhattan courtroom Thursday as the largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to get under way.

The Russians will trade four people for the ten accused Russian spies in U.S. custody, a source confirmed to Fox News.

The defendants all affirmed U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood's question of whether they would plead guilty in a Manhattan courtroom.

The defendants were expected to be deported to Russia within hours, apparently in exchange for the release of convicted Russian spies. A Russian arms control analyst convicted of spying for the United States was reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna earlier Thursday.
Click here for the New York Times article regarding the proposed prisoner swap.

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