I thought it was quite amazing yesterday when I first heard about the Russian spy ring in the New England area. The media has chosen to focus on the youngest and perhaps most alluring of the spies: the 28 Year-old Russian woman who was once married to an Englishman.
I guess the first question that comes to mind is why on Earth would the Russians still want to spy on us? What is to be gained? Perhaps the most they can hope for is some intelligence that can help them in making economic deals with the US.
Perhaps even more interesting is the complete lack of actual teeth behind the maximum punishment. It seems that in the old days, spying would bring with it a lifetime sentence or even death (in war time). Yet, the most any of these individuals will get is 5 years and a heroes welcome back in Russia when they get out.
I thought it was an interesting note that the spy ring master has escaped from Cyprus. He just ‘disappeared’. Of course, it is just a coincidence that the government of Cyprus is very communist leaning. That of course, would have nothing to do with the spy ring master’s escape.
I thought it was even more interesting to hear an interview from a restaurant owner in Cambridge. This is the area that many of the spies frequented. The Kennedy School of government is there and many present and future high profile individuals visit this area.
In a sense, it is the perfect place for an information gathering spy to hang out! Of course, the young spy was burdened with technological troubles transmitting her weekly reports from her computer. She allegedly was happy when they supplied her with a Mac. It was commented that this is the computer of choice for spies.
Anyway, I have digressed. The people of the aforementioned town were actually excited to think there were spies in their midst. They were not outraged one bit. They thought it was rather romantic.
Crazy, isn’t it?