posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 04:13 AM
According to a Time magazine article, senior intelligence and law enforcement officials say that Russia is currently "running" more than 100 spies
under official cover. This may represent the proverbial tip of the iceberg, as it only includes personnel who hold an official diplomatic status; an
unknown number of so-called "nocs" (non-official cover) undoubtedly expand the Russian spy force.
At Los Angeles International Airport two weeks ago, FBI agents arrested an Irish businessman they had spent a week tailing all over California's
Silicon Valley, from the offices of two electronics manufacturers in Sunnyvale to a hotel in Mountain View and down a quiet cul-de-sac to a suburban
house in San Jose. The technology exporter, according to court papers, had purchased sophisticated computer components in the U.S. to send to Russia
through Ireland. He now stands to be charged in mid-February with "unlawful export of 'defense articles.'" U.S. officials point to this little-noticed
case as one manifestation of a troubling reality: although the cold war is long over, Russia is fielding an army of spooks in the U.S. that is at
least equal in number to the one deployed by the old, much larger Soviet Union.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I am surprised, but only about the numbers. It's interesting to note that these officials believe the total number of Russian spies now exceeds the
number present during the height of the cold war, especially given the fact that the Bush administration expelled 50 of them just four years ago.
Experts believe these spies are after obvious things, like American military technology and hardware (particularly missile defense plans), as well as
the Administration's policies regarding the former Soviet states, China, and the Middle East.
Russia, of course, is only one of the countries considered to be actively engaged in corporate and other forms of espionage.