7.07.2010

Meaning

So, our latest Borises and Natashas are being shipped out, not even worthy of a good spy trial, to be exchanged for American prisoners.

That's very good news. Mostly, it means that these spies really did not learn anything useful -- nothing was compromised. So the US can deal in a position of relative strength to get back assets of our own, and provides some payoff for the roundup of the ring.

I am very curious to know why the 11th spy, caught late in Cyprus, was released on bail. It seems like an odd move -- he was clearly a big red flag for flight risk, and has subsequently done just that.

Meanwhile, Power Vertical has more on what this means in Russian terms.