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When the suspects were arrested in 2010 with much fanfare, official accounts suggested they were largely ineffectual. New details about their time in the U.S., however, suggest their work was more sophisticated and sometimes more successful than previously known. One of them infiltrated a well-connected consulting firm with offices in Manhattan and Washington, D.C., by working as the company's in-house computer expert, according to people familiar with the long-running U.S. investigation of the spy ring. The effort to bring children into the family business suggests the ring was thinking long term: Children born or reared in America were potentially more valuable espionage assets than their parents because when they grew up they would be more likely to pass a U.S. government background check.
Besides the plans to recruit children, the new details about the spy ring show more about what its members were up to. U.S. officials say one of them, Richard Murphy—whose real name was Vladimir Guryev—worked for several years as the in-house computer technician at a U.S. consultancy called the G7 Group, which advised clients on how government decisions might affect global markets. The firm's experts included its chief executive, Jane Hartley, an active Democratic fundraiser, and Alan Blinder, a former Federal Reserve vice chairman. The infiltration is further evidence the spying focused on economic secrets as well as military and political information.
I must say that when his parents were arrested, he was finishing his second year at the prestigious George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Despite the fact that he was not American-born, Tim was sufficiently established. That is, he didn't have any problems from his past that could stop him from getting, for example, any government job in the future.