Russian Spy Ring Suspects Busted! 10 Alleged Secret Agents Arrested in U.S.


© 2010 Brad Kempo B.A. LL.B.

Barrister & Solicitor


On the first week anniversary of CSIS Director Fadden’s bombshell about Chinese spies infiltrating the Canadian government and high and low level politicians having sold out Canada’s national and economic security interests to the Beijing leadership, American authorities dropped one of their own; only it’s Russia that’s being accused of effecting exactly what was described seven days previous.  Coincidence?  Or is it a well-coordinated undertaking by spy chiefs north and south of the 49th Parallel to trigger fundamental and nationwide reform and accountability? 



Look closely and critically at what's explicit and implicit in Fiefdom research treatise findings, Director Fadden's allegations exactly one week ago and these published in the United States on June 28th: foreign agents that “assume identities as citizens or legal residents [who] sometimes pursue degrees at universities, obtain employment and join relevant professional associations to deepen their false identities” to advance and protect “long-term deep-cover assignments”. 



And the purpose of some of the spying was to “develop ties in policymaking circles [and included meetings with] “former high ranking government national security official[s], … financier[s] prominent in politics and major fundraiser[s] for an un-named political party” – the strategy being “to build up little by little relations [with the targets]”.



When Trudeau jumped into geo-political bed with Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Moscow’s man in the western hemisphere,) and communist China’s Mao Tse-Tung during the Cold War, American intel agencies began 'round-the-clock surveillance of every single Canadian mover and shaker in the public and private sectors, the security apparatus and the administration of justice (esp. senior lawyers and law enforcement).  What they did is summed up in an excerpt from news reports about the Russians (reproduced infra):



The complaints were filled with such richly detailed narratives, saying it was based on years of covert surveillance – including monitoring phones and e-mails, placing secret microphones in the alleged agents’ homes, and numerous surreptitious searches dating back years.  


Director Fadden was brought in to run CSIS in the summer of 2009.  He was an outsider and thus long-timers at the agency had the responsibility of comprehensively briefing him on all matters related to the organization’s mandate.  What did they tell him about for example The Sidewinder Report?  It was co-authored with the RCMP and thus relevant to Canada’s national security interests?  Did they tell him about it or left it out to protect the status quo involving Chinese joint governance, economy monopolization and wealth misappropriation in the trillions?  If they did the RCC introduction on May 20th as documented would be the first he and his inner core heard of it; and he would have been angry that something of such significance was intentionally omitted. 



When Director Fadden took office he would naturally have direct and regular contact with his American counterpart, CIA Director Leon Panetta.  What did he and the U.S. spy chief talk about for the last year?  The obvious issues are terrorism, military and economic espionage and cyber-warfare?  Three of the four include China, which has been engaged in espionage and cyber-spying for many years.  Were there any discussions about China having turned Canada into a base of operations for its global imperialistic ambitions?  Hard to say.  Would there have been more recent discussions if Director Fadden wanted to drop a massive bombshell that blindsided the country’s political and corporate leadership?  It is reasonable and logical that the “evidence” he said he has could first have come from The Sidewinder Report and Fiefdom research treatise – which led him to call CIA Headquarters; and that’s when Director Panetta offered him that massive four-decade database of CIA surveillance to bring down the Canadian establishment advancing unconstitutional and domestically and internationally violating policies and practices.  Going public and just ahead of the G8-G20 Summits strongly suggests he is confident in the proof he has in his possession to back up his accusations because he knew this would be discussed at the world leaders' meetings and internationally.  And being the career civil servant he is, he knew what was coming at home. Thus, he baited operators of the triangle of power and wealth so they could be viewed by all Canadians in due course as not just complicit, but also hypocrites – which is a bonus and an attribute that will cement their fates as lifers when convicted under The Security of Information Act. 


Russian Spy Ring Suspects Busted! 10 Alleged Secret Agents Arrested in U.S.

by Jason Ryan & Megan Chuchmach

ABC News

June 28, 2010

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The allegations are shocking: four couples living in the U.S. under assumed false identities while secretly working as covert Russian spies on long-term, "deep-cover" assignments. 




According to the FBI, some of the people the accused spies met with include a former legislative counsel for U.S. Congress, a former high ranking U.S. government national security official, a person working on bunker busting nuclear warheads, and a New York financier who is prominent in politics and a major fundraiser for an un-named political party. 


U.S. Charges 11 With Acting as Agents for Russia

by Charlie Savage

New York Times

June 28, 2010

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WASHINGTON – In what law enforcements officials portrayed as an extraordinary takedown of a Russian espionage network, the Justice Department on Monday announced charges against 11 people accused of living for years in the United States as part of a deep-cover program by S.V.R. -- one of the successors to the Soviet-era K.G.B. 


Criminal complaints filed in federal court on Monday read like a thriller novel: Secret Russian agents were assigned to live as married couples in the United States, even having children who were apparently unaware of their parents’ true identities.




The complaints followed a multiyear investigation that culminated with Sunday’s arrest of 10 people in Yonkers; Montclair, New Jersey; Boston; and northern Virginia. The documents detailed what authorities called the “Illegals Program,” an S.V.R. effort to plant Russian spies in the United States to gather information and recruit people able to infiltrate government policy-making circles.


The “Illegals Program” extended to other countries around the world, the charging documents said.


Using fraudulent documents, the complaint said, the spies would “assume identities as citizens or legal residents of the countries to which they are deployed, including the United States. Illegals will sometimes pursue degrees at target-country universities, obtain employment, and join relevant professional associations” to deepen their false identities.


It added: “Illegals often operate in pairs – being placed together by Moscow Center” – the S.V.R. headquarters – “while in Russia, so that they can live together and work together in a host country, under the guise of a married couple. Illegals who are placed together and co-habit in the country to which they are assigned will often have children together,” further establishing their cover.




It was far not clear what their intelligence reports were about and whether it succeeded in stealing any state secrets of major value. The defendants were charged with crimes like failing to register as an agent of a foreign government and money laundering – not the more serious offense of espionage. There is no allegation in the court documents that any of the defendants obtained classified materials.


Still, the court documents painted a vivid portrait of the sophisticated mechanisms allegedly used by the defendants and the lengths to which the network was willing to go to establish and maintain their cover.


Once planted in their host country, the agents’ entire lives – “education, bank accounts, car, house, etc.,” the complaint quoted on Moscow message as saying -- would be secretly financed by the Russian government in order to fulfill their mission, which was to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in the United States and send intelligence reports back.




The complaints were filled with such richly detailed narratives, saying it was based on years of covert surveillance – including monitoring phones and e-mails, placing secret microphones in the alleged agents’ homes, and numerous surreptitious searches dating back years. 


10 alleged Russian secret agents arrested in US

by Pete Yost

Associated Press

June 28, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Ten people have been arrested by the FBI for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia's intelligence service, the SVR, with the goal of penetrating U.S. government policymaking circles. 


The Justice Department announced the arrests Monday in the multiyear investigation. According to court papers in the case, the FBI intercepted a message from SVR headquarters, often referred to as Moscow Center, to two of the defendants stating that their main mission is "to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US."


Eight of 10 were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, deep-cover assignments in the United States on behalf of Russia. As deep-cover agents they would have civilian jobs rather than serving in Russian diplomatic or military missions.


Two others were arrested for allegedly participating in the same Russian intelligence program within the United States. An 11th defendant, who allegedly delivered money to the defendants, is at large.


The court papers cited numerous examples of communications intercepted in the FBI probe that spelled out what the 10 allegedly were trying to do.




According to the court papers, the defendants have been operating in the United States for years.


One of the defendants living in Boston made contact in 2004 with an unidentified man who worked at a U.S. government research facility.




One intercepted message said one of the defendants living in New Jersey, known as Cynthia Murphy, "had several work-related personal meetings with" a man the court papers describe as a prominent New York-based financier who was active in politics.


In response, intelligence headquarters in Moscow described the man as a very interesting target and urged the defendants to "try to build up little by little relations. ... Maybe he can provide" Murphy "with remarks re US foreign policy, 'roumors' about White house internal 'kitchen,' invite her to venues (to major political party HQ in NYC, for instance. ... In short, consider carefully all options in regard" to the financier."


One message back to Moscow from the defendants focused on turnover at the top level of the CIA and the 2008 U.S. presidential election.


The information was described as having been received in private conversation with, among others, a former legislative counsel for Congress. The court papers deleted the name of the counsel.


US arrests 10 alleged Russian spies

by Daniel Dombey

Financial Times

June 29, 2010

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A story of spies and Moscow’s supposed quest for US nuclear and diplomatic secrets was unveiled on Monday when the Department of Justice announced the arrest of 10 alleged Russian agents in the US. 


Eight of the people are allegedly “deep cover” agents, sent years ago to locations such as Hoboken, New Jersey; Yonkers, New York; and Boston to establish false identities and prise information from US officials and knowledgeable sources. Two other alleged agents used their real names; one alleged agent remains at large.




The charges filed included conspiracy to act as unregistered agents of a foreign government, punishable by up to five years in prison, and, for all but two of the defendants, conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.




According to the complaint, Moscow Centre, the headquarters of Russia’s foreign intelligence services, labelled the financier a “very interesting target” who could provide Ms Murphy with insights about US foreign policy.




In a quoted message to “Richard Murphy”, Moscow Centre outlined the alleged agents’ task: “You were sent to USA for long-term service trip. Your education, bank accounts, car house, etc- all these serve one goal… to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US and send intels.”



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