"This is like playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon," Crowley said. "There may be a connection there, but it doesn't have any real meaning."
The lawyer for one of the suspects told a judge Thursday that the only thing his client had infiltrated are "neighborhoods, cocktail parties and the PTA," according to the Associated Press. The attorney for the man who called himself Donald Heathfield and his wife, Tracey Lee Ann Foley, of Cambridge, Mass., appeared in federal court in Boston on Thursday for a bail hearing. Afterwards, the lawyer, Peter Krupp, told reporters he considered the evidence revealed so far against his client "extremely thin."
The primary case prosecutors made in trying to prevent the defendants from being released at bail was based on two factors. One was that a key defendant, released on bail in Cypress, has already fled. Police on Thursday searched airports, ports and yacht marinas to find the man, who was using the name Christopher Metsos, after he failed to show up Wednesday for a required meeting with police, according to AP.
In addition, prosecutors said all of the defendants, prosecutors argued, were well trained at spy tradecraft and could easily disappear under false identities. And the defendants wouldn't even have to travel far, the prosecutors argued. They would need only to make it to the Russian consulate in New York City to find refuge from American justice, prosecutors said.