Quotes of the day

posted at 10:30 pm on June 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

FBI agents arrested 10 people on charges that they spent years in the United States as spies for Russia, taking on fake identities and trying to ferret out intelligence about U.S. policy and secrets by making connections to think tanks and government officials, the Justice Department said Monday.

The arrests Sunday capped an almost surreal investigation that extended to the Clinton administration and involved video surveillance, hidden microphones and surreptitious FBI searches of homes along the East Coast. It climaxed Saturday with a fake “drop” in a park in Arlington County, when one of the suspects left $5,000 in an envelope inside a folded newspaper, which was recovered by the FBI…

Whether it succeeded was unclear Monday. Federal law enforcement officials portrayed their operation as a spectacular counterintelligence success that uncovered a group of spies capable of doing great damage to U.S. national security. “I can’t remember a case where we’ve been able to arrest 10 intelligence officers from a foreign country in one fell swoop,” one official said. “This network in the United States has now been completely compromised.”

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Jessie Gugig, 15, said she could not believe the charges, especially against Mrs. Murphy, who was an accomplished gardener.

“They couldn’t have been spies,” Ms. Gugig said. “Look what she did with the hydrangeas.”

There were also hints that Russian spy bosses feared their agents, ordered to go native in prosperous America, might be losing track of their official purpose. Agents in Boston submitted an expense report with such vague items as “trip to meeting” for $1,125 and “education,” $3,600. In Montclair, when the Murphys wanted to buy a house under their names, “Moscow Center,” or “C.,” the S.V.R. headquarters, objected.

“We are under an impression that C. views our ownership of the house as a deviation from the original purpose of our mission here,” the New Jersey couple wrote in a coded message. “From our perspective purchase of the house was solely a natural progression of our prolonged stay here. It was a convenient way to solving the housing issue, plus ‘to do as the Romans do’ in a society that values home ownership.”


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That “reset” is working out quite well.

Really Right on June 29, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Yeah, I’m sure we got’em all.

hillbillyjim on June 29, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Putin’s probably lauging his ass off at that press release.

hillbillyjim on June 29, 2010 at 2:02 AM

Ten down. 723 to go.

PootyPoot on June 29, 2010 at 3:12 AM

Look what the Russians are telling their people

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrlkTDBzTFw
Its Mika’s dad who did it !!(@ 5:30)

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRbxudkIklg&NR=1

macncheez on June 29, 2010 at 3:42 AM

Ten down. 723 to go.

PootyPoot on June 29, 2010 at 3:12 AM

Ah HAH! I knew it.

Vladimir Vladimirovitch, you bastage!

hillbillyjim on June 29, 2010 at 4:16 AM

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hillbillyjim on June 29, 2010 at 4:17 AM

Ok, so what’s really going down? This was a distraction.

OldEnglish on June 29, 2010 at 4:43 AM

Ok, so what’s really going down? This was a distraction.

OldEnglish on June 29, 2010 at 4:43 AM

Ojesus is probably nationalizing something as we speak.

hillbillyjim on June 29, 2010 at 5:05 AM

Sheer specualtion on my part, but there is a Cynthia Murphy from NY who donated $230 to a group called ‘America Coming Together’ in 2004. That group supported Ken Salazar in 2004 (also Obama, Daschle, and donated to DNC victory 2004).

Ken Salazar is indeed a cabinet member of Obama.

Murphy is a common name and Cynthia and Robert were apprehended in NJ – so very possible this is 100% wrong.
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“Cynthia Murphy last year was assigned the account of a New York-based financier described as a fundraiser “for a major political party” who is “a personal friend” of a Cabinet member’s.”

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 5:29 AM

I would have expected a residence in Montclair NJ – but this was 6 years ago. Some names do connect though. (Indulging the possibility I would venture Rosenthal as the ‘NY based finacier/fundraiser)

America Coming Together(ACT) was a liberal, political action, 527 group dedicated to get-out-the-vote activities. ACT did not specifically endorse any political party, but mostly worked on behalf of Democratic candidates. It was the largest 527 group in 2004 and was planning to be involved in future races. The group was primarily funded by <b<Peter Lewis, George Soros, and labor unions, especially the Service Employees International Union, and was led by Steve Rosenthal, a former political director of the AFL-CIO.

In the last three weeks before the 2004 presidential and congressional elections, ACT planned on funding over 12 million phone calls to targeted voters and having canvassers hand-deliver 11 million pieces of literature at targeted doorsteps. On Election Day, ACT had projected to have 45,000 paid canvassers in the battleground states and spent over $10 million on Election Day. It had 86 offices open every day, a staff of 4000 and a goal of reinforcing the army of 45,000 paid canvassers with 25,000 volunteers.

In the fall of 2004, ACT was featured in the Frontline Documentary, The Persuaders, which described ACT’s use of narrowcasting.In 2005 ACT was in the process of being wound down.

Its website was not renewed and is no longer operational.The Federal Election Commission announced on August 29, 2007, that it had reached a settlement agreement with ACT for violations of various federal campaign finance laws during the 2004 US presidential campaign. ACT has agreed to pay $775,000 in fines.

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 5:57 AM

Actually Rosenthal was born in NY – lives in Florida now. Probably nothing. Soros is NY based but I don’t know if fundraiser/finacier is the best description of him.

I would like to know who this ‘cabinet member’ and the fundraiser/financier are.

Salazar was intriguing because he’s been discussed as a ‘fall guy’ for the gulf spill. I’m not expecting we’ll ever find out the cabinet member – but a convenient exit for Salazar could lead to specualtion there was more than just the gulf spill to blame.

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 6:55 AM

Spies? Why do the Ruskies need them? DOTUS and Holder reveal enough info everyday to eliminate the need for any spy biz (mmm, total # of warheads comes to mind).

And it’s amazing that DOTUS will be “transparent” about our secrets but won’t provide College transcripts, etc.

**** Another day….another opportunity for thanking McCain for giving up on the campaign in 2008. Thanks John.

PappyD61 on June 29, 2010 at 7:01 AM

If they go after all the spies…who is going to write for the NYT?

right2bright on June 29, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Another day….another opportunity for thanking McCain for giving up on the campaign in 2008. Thanks John.

PappyD61 on June 29, 2010 at 7:01 AM

He actually had me enthused after selecting Palin and his ‘Stand up and fight’ speech.

Then he sat down and cowered.

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 7:23 AM

Seeing Obama and Medvedev together always reminds me of awkward family photos for some reason.

forest on June 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Those ten or eleven alleged spies have done less damage to the US then the current Obama Administration and its ‘reset’ button and new treaty.

eaglewingz08 on June 29, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Seeing Obama and Medvedev together always reminds me of awkward family photos for some reason.

forest on June 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

I doubt Obama will preempt Medvedev’s shoulder with his superiority hand in photo ops as he did Sarkozy’s.

maverick muse on June 29, 2010 at 8:01 AM

Established spies since Clinton’s administration. Something about those green visas and aliens who stay here too long.

maverick muse on June 29, 2010 at 8:03 AM

Really, it surprises me that the Russians have any need whatsoever to spy on us. Can’t they read? Is there no news over there?
Obama is doing an awesome job at destroying this country maybe the spies were just there to report on Obama’s progress.

ORconservative on June 29, 2010 at 9:06 AM

This is so surreal. I live in Montclair NJ. I knew the town was full of communists but I didnt know it was full of COMMUNISTS!

Dash on June 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Who were their friends and acquaintances in high places?
How much money did they donate to political candidates?
Photos of them with which people?
Any of them within top Democrat or Obama social circles?
Facebook, Twitter, blog accounts?

albill on June 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2010 at 10:36 PM

You win! You are most definitely the most paranoid member of the HA commentariat! Congrats!

ernesto on June 29, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Anna Chapman – one of the spies:
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/spy_ring_qzWW8bImf9yEDTbtXcQnUL

Her linkedin page:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/chapmananna

albill on June 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Dear Leader sure spends a lot of quality time with our enemies, and with our friends, not so much. How many of these types of groups are there operating in our country anyway? Why does it take the fbi decades to get enough evidence in these spy deals. Some of this group really did get integrated into our society, our way of life was growing on them.

Kissmygrits on June 29, 2010 at 10:21 AM

albill on June 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Funny. She left off “spy for the roooooskies”

ORconservative on June 29, 2010 at 10:41 AM

deMint kept calling Russia “Soviet Union”, and he sits on Foreign relations committee …coincidence ?

runner on June 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Which is worse-the foreign Commies over here spying on us or the ones elected to high public office?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Any of them within top Democrat or Obama social circles?

albill on June 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Absolutely. Cynthia Murphy was encouraged to befriend this source in an effort to uncover rumors and info from the WH.

“Cynthia Murphy last year was assigned the account of a New York-based financier described as a fundraiser “for a major political party” who is “a personal friend” of a Cabinet member’s.”

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 5:11 PM

From Politico:

Federal and state campaign finance filings suggest that the little-known company manages the finances of one of New York’s top Democratic financiers: Alan Patricof, a venture capital figure and the finance chairman of Clinton’s Senate campaign, as well as a top presidential campaign fundraiser.

According to the federal complaint, Murphy had “several work-related personal meetings” with a person it describes as “a prominent New York-based financier,” and says she and her husband and alleged co-conspirator accurately reported back to Moscow that the financier was “prominent in politics” and “an active fundraiser for” a major political party, as well as “a personal friend” of a current Cabinet secretary, and in a position to provide information about foreign policy.

Murphy, the complaint says, was assigned this person’s account. Patricof fits those descriptions: He’s a friend of Secretary Clinton as well as a major Democratic fundraiser.

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM

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