2010年6月29日星期二

俄羅斯譴責美國的'特務'指控'毫無根據'

俄羅斯譴責美國的'特務'指控'毫無根據'
Russia condemns 'baseless' US allegations over 'secret agents'

Russia has condemned allegations that it ordered 11 secret agents to run a “deep cover” spying operation in the US as “baseless”.
俄羅斯已譴責,它下令11名特務經營一“深藏”在美國的間諜行動的指控,是“毫無根據"的。

By Murray Wardrop and Toby Harnden in Washington
Published: 12:24PM BST 29 Jun 2010
"Anna Chapman" Photo: Facebook

31 Marquette Road, Montclair, New Jersey - the home of two of those arrested. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the arrests by the FBI were “deplorable” at a time when the two countries’ leaders were trying to improve relations.

The defendants are accused of being so-called “illegals”, working for the Russian foreign secret service under false identities to penetrate US government policy-making circles.

It is alleged that they were tasked with gleaning intelligence on nuclear weapons, foreign policy and Congressional politics.

The scandal comes just days after a bilateral summit between President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama that was designed to underscore warming ties between the two Cold War adversaries.

In a statement, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said: “Such actions are baseless and improper.

“It is highly deplorable that all of this is happening against the background of the reset in Russia-US ties announced by the US administration itself.”

Earlier, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, accused the US of remaining silent over the string of arrests on Sunday evening. and demanded an explanation.

During a visit to Jerusalem, Mr Lavrov said: "The subject was not explained to us. I hope they will explain."

He added: “The only thing I can say today is that the moment for doing that (making the arrests) has been chosen with special elegance."

The FBI accuses the SVR, the successor organisation to the Soviet Union's KGB, of running a network of "illegals", described in court documents as Russians who received training in languages, codes and ciphers, invisible writing and counter-surveillance before living in the United States under false identities.

Each of the 10 was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison on conviction.

They were alleged to have met US government officials given codenames such as "Farmer", "Parrot" and "Cat" as well as engaging such tried and tested espionage methods as dead drops and brush passes.

As well as the 10 arrested in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Virginia over the weekend, the FBI identified an eleventh suspect, known as "Christopher R. Metsos" who remains at large.

The nature of their work was said to have been outlined in a secret message to two of those arrested: "You were sent to USA for long-term service trip.

"Your education, bank accounts, car, house etc – all those serve one goal: fulfil your main mission, i.e. to search and develop ties in policy-making circles in US ..."

Many of the details of the criminal complains read like an outline of a John LeCarre novel.

A defendant known as "Anna Chapman" allegedly communicated with a Russian official in Manhattan in January as she sat in a coffee shop and he pulled up outside in a van. The FBI alleges that they used a wireless network via paired computers.

Two months later, a similar communication allegedly took place when she was in a bookshop and the Russian official, based at Russia's mission to the United Nations, was outside with a briefcase.

Chapman was later approached by an FBI agent posing as a Russian who told her: "My name is Roman, I work in the consulate."

He told her to give a false passport to another agent and that she was to introduce herself her by saying: "Excuse me but haven't we met in California last summer?" The other agent was to reply: "No, I think it was in the Hamptons."

A message from alleged conspirators in Boston gave details about a new head of the CIA and the 2008 presidential election gained from a "former legislative counsel for US Congress".

The complaint also detailed how one of the accused known as "Donald Howard Heathfield" met a former high-ranking US government official to discuss "research programmes on small yield high penetration nuclear devices.

An accused known as "Cynthia Murphy" allegedly sent back a number of reports about the global gold market.

Court papers allege that the defendants led ordinary suburban lives, "deepening" their false identities by taking ordinary jobs, living as married couples, having children and even trying to buy homes in the US.

Prosecutors claim: “Illegals will sometimes pursue degrees at target-country universities, obtain employment, and join relevant professional associations; these activities deepen an illegal’s ‘legend’.

“Illegals often operate in pairs – being placed together by Moscow Centre while in Russia, so that they can live together and work together in a host country, under the guise of a married couple.

“Illegals who are placed together and cohabit in the country to which they are assigned will often have children together; this further deepens an illegal’s ‘legend’.”

Experts have expressed their astonishment at the scale and dedication of the scheme allegedly undertaken by SVR.

Oleg Kalugin, a former KGB general who was a Soviet spy in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s under “legal” cover as a diplomat and Radio Moscow correspondent, said he believed the project was more ambitious than similar attempts by spies during the cold war.

He told the New York Times: “It’s a return to the old days, but even in the worst years of the cold war, I think there were no more than 10 illegals in the U.S., probably fewer.”

Vladimir Kolesnikov, deputy chairman of the security affairs committee in the lower house of Russia's parliament, said the arrests signalled that some quarters of Washington opposed warmer ties with Russia.

"Regrettably, there are people in America burdened by the legacy of the Cold War, the legacy of double standards," he said. "And they react improperly to the warming of relations spearheaded by the presidents. It's a blow to President Obama."

He said that US secret agents were active in Russia and suggested that Moscow might respond in kind to Washington's round-up.

"Previously we have quietly evicted some of them," he said. "Now I think we should more actively apply criminal legislation against them."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7860853/Russia-condemns-baseless-US-allegations-over-secret-agents.html

俄羅斯責美公布破獲俄國間諜網是重回冷戰
(商台)2010年6月29日 星期二 18:34
俄羅斯 政府批評,美國 公布破獲俄羅斯間諜網,毫無根據,有不可告人的目的,形容是重回冷戰,俄方示遺憾,外長拉夫羅夫說,注意到美國官方是在俄羅斯總統梅德韋杰夫結束訪美後數日,公布破獲俄國間諜網,但美方至今並無向俄方作出解釋。

美國聯邦調查局 ,先後在波士頓、新澤西及紐約 等地拘捕十人,起訴他們為俄羅斯搜集各類情報,包括核武研究、環球黃金市場情報、以至中情局領導層轉換等,並致力滲透入美國決策層,另有一人在逃。
http://hk.news.yahoo.com/article/100629/18/iwrp.html

俄外長稱美未明白闡釋“間諜案” 需進一步解釋
2010年06月29日16:11
來源:中國新聞社

據外電報道,對美國28日聲稱逮捕10名俄羅斯間諜,俄外交部長拉夫羅夫29日表示,俄羅斯期待美方對此事做出進一步的解釋。

  正在耶路撒冷訪問的拉夫羅夫說:“他們沒有將此事說明白,我希望他們能解釋清楚。”

  拉夫羅夫用明顯譏諷口氣說:“(美方)做這件事(逮捕‘間諜’)的時機,還是通過運用特殊手段做出的選擇。”

  據報道,美國司法部周一宣布,10名俄羅斯間諜嫌疑人相繼被美方逮捕,另有一人在逃。這些人員被指代表俄羅斯在美國執行深入“潛伏”任務,負責秘密收集情報,並試圖“滲進”美國政府決策圈。

http://world.people.com.cn/BIG5/12005999.html

美國抓獲10名「俄國間諜」

美抓捕間諜之前已謀劃交換

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