AirTalk for July 7, 2010

Spy swap in the works for U.S. and Russia

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New York newspapers are on display featuring personal photos of suspected Russian spies Anna Chapman (L) and Richard and Cynthia Murphy at a news stand in New York, June 30, 2010. Russia and the United States sought to cool a heated scandal sparked by the arrest of 11 suspected Kremlin spies, amid fears the Cold War-style furore could harm improving ties.

The United States and Russia are said to be working on a spy swap, following the arrests of 10 alleged Russian agents by the FBI last month. It is believed that the suspects were involved in a spy ring that involved everything from secret code words to aliases and encrypted radio communication. In exchange, the United States is arranging for the release of individuals detained in Russia, including a Russian nuclear scientist convicted of passing secrets to the CIA. Is this just the tip of the espionage iceberg? How common is spying today?

Guest:


Dina Temple-Raston, NPR counter-terrorism correspondent


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