Edward Snowden Steps Into Secret U.S.-Russia Spy Scuffle


Benjamin Dillon: Days after Fogle's unmasking, Russian authorities revealed that another American agent, identified as Benjamin Dillon, was caught and expelled in January. Later, the FSB would reveal the name of the CIA station chief in Moscow, apparently in retaliation for the Fogle debacle.

FSB Col. Valery Mikhailov (Ret.): A little more than a year ago today, a former colonel for the FSB, Valery Mikhailov, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of spying for the CIA, according to Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti. According to Russian reports, Mikhailov approached the CIA offering to sell state secrets, but it is unclear when he began spying for the agency.

Col. Vladimir Lazar (Ret.): Now retired, Col. Vladimir Lazar worked in the "military technical headquarters of the general headquarters of the high command" of the Russian military. It was there he had unique access to strategic topographic maps and images, which he copied in 2008 and later sold to an American who worked with U.S. intelligence, RIA Novosti said, earning him 12 years in a Russian prison after he was convicted in May 2012.

Vladimir Nesterets: The FSB announced in February 2012 that Vladimir Nesterets, an engineer at a Russian space facility, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 years in prison for selling information about missile systems to the CIA. The FSB did not say when the alleged sale took place.

Gennady Sipachev: Gennady Sipachev got a relatively light sentence – eight years in prison -- after being convicted of sending "cartographic information" about the Russian Armed Forces to a contact in the U.S. Defense Department over the internet, but that's because he cooperated with authorities and "actively assisted in the investigations and helped to reveal the criminal activities of others," according to RIA Novosti.

The above cases are only the ones that recently have made it to the public light, meaning presumably there are countless other spies and spy catchers that remain slinking through the shadows of Moscow and Washington, more than 20 years since the end of the Cold War.

"Nothing has changed and nothing will change," Major said. "You can have all the kind of reset you want on the political side… the Russian intelligence service is going to conduct intelligence. It's in their national interest to do so. American intelligence is going to do the same thing."

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