Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm a bit late weighing in on this absurd Russian spy saga, but I still don't quite know what to make of it.  Originally, I was surprised that the arrests were made immediately on the heels of an apparently successful meeting between Obama and Medvedev.  However, given that Moscow has, surprisingly, not issued a sharp rebuke of the U.S., I can only surmise that they either had advance warning or realize that the proof against these alleged agents is undeniable and it would only make them look worse to attempt a denial.

Interestingly, it seems that a massive prisoner swap is in already set to be completed.  Not much information is available about who will be exchanged, but it seems plausible that Washington seized these agents solely to use as trade bait in order to regain U.S. assets in Russian custody.  More importantly, the whole affair reminds me of the wise words of the late, great, Warren Zevon: "how was I to know she was with the Russians too?"

And if you think this whole post was just an excuse to include such an epic video, well you might be right...


Catie Corbin said...

This reminds me of when I taught the class "Secrets, Spies, and the Price of Freedom." If you want to know the history of all this stuff, read "For the President's Eyes Only" By Christopher Andrew. Amazingly dense, not an easy or quick read but incredibly comprehensive. I basically used it as my textbook as a teacher.
As ALWAYS, I enjoy following your blog. It's one of the only things I have bookmarked on my computer these days. :)

Catie Corbin said...

P.S. Pakistan has blocked certain videos, so I was unable to see all your post.

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