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Old 07-01-2010, 10:28 PM
 
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I have been reading a lot of reports in the media that describes the 10 alleged spies as somewhat unprofessional, amateurish, and really bad at computers. They don't fit the intelligent and jack of all trades spy archetype.

My theory is that they weren't professionally trained spies. Moscow probably found some citizens and asked if they wanted to act as informants for the Russian government. They were promised money, jobs, houses, cars, and they get to live in the US. These 10 alleged spies agreed to do the job but they really just wanted the money and benefits. They kept sending useless and public information to Moscow and just enjoyed the free money they were getting.

Did the FBI stop a good thing by arresting them? WHy would we want to stop them if they were sending useless information to Moscow.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:30 PM
 
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I don't know, but that redhead was pretty hot.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:33 PM
 
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I don't know, but that redhead was pretty hot.
Agreed. I would love to spy on her.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:40 PM
 
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I have been reading a lot of reports in the media that describes the 10 alleged spies as somewhat unprofessional, amateurish, and really bad at computers. They don't fit the intelligent and jack of all trades spy archetype.

My theory is that they weren't professionally trained spies. Moscow probably found some citizens and asked if they wanted to act as informants for the Russian government. They were promised money, jobs, houses, cars, and they get to live in the US. These 10 alleged spies agreed to do the job but they really just wanted the money and benefits. They kept sending useless and public information to Moscow and just enjoyed the free money they were getting.

Did the FBI stop a good thing by arresting them? WHy would we want to stop them if they were sending useless information to Moscow.
It depends on what you call "useless information." The word on the street is that these were "policy" spies. While these may seem like low on the totem-pole duties, we have to remember that it takes years and years of deep cover to develop sources. A couple of set backs in the espionage craft is enough to take down an entire network. "Policy" spies seem like lightweights, but I don't for a second believe that the intent was to stop at collecting policy data. I believe this was the early/mid stages of a deeper operation. Lucky for us, this probably set back the Russians quite a bit in their quest.
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