Freed Russian spies undergoing lie detector test: Reports
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 20:12
  
Moscow: Ten Russian 'spies' freed last week in the biggest post-Cold War spy swap between Moscow and Washington are undergoing lie detector tests as part of an evaluation of their performances.

After their arrival in Moscow on Friday night, the ten were taken to the headquarters of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) in Yasenevo (south-west Moscow) and are being kept in quarantine, the daily reported quoting sources.

"Specialists are currently working with members of the spy team. They are trying to find out who, and in what circumstances, could have failed," an unidentified source was quoted as saying by Moskovsky Komsomolets daily.

The returned spies are undergoing variety of tests, 'including lie detectors', he added.

"If it comes to light that the SVR officers have made serious mistakes, they may be dismissed," Moskovsky Komsomolets said.

Some of the swapped persons have sought to change their identities under the Russian federal law on the protection of witnesses as they were not involved in actual espionage, but were members of 'sleeper cell', Interfax reported.

Meanwhile, one of the returned spies Anna Chapman, termed by a section as 'the Bond Girl', who also holds a British passport, has closed access to her photographs on Facebook, the daily noted.

Her similar account on the Russian community network "Odnoklassniki" (Classmates) was closed on July 9, according to Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Anna Chapman (Kushchenko) has become the most popular person in her hometown Volgograd (former Stalingrad), newsru. com web portal reported.

Anna had spent 17 years of her early life in Volgograd and today songs and poems are being written in her honour by the residents of the city, it said.

12th person detained in Russian spy case: Official

The US has detained a 12th person in connection with the Russian spy ring, but the man is not being charged with a crime, four federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

The officials said the man, a Russian citizen, is being detained on immigration violations and is expected to be deported from the US later in the day.

The name of the 23-year-old individual came up during the course of the FBI's investigation into the Russian spy ring and he entered the United States on Oct. 9 of last year, two of the officials said. All four officials spoke on condition of anonymity about the ongoing matter.

The Justice Department investigated thoroughly and would have prosecuted the man if authorities had had enough evidence to assemble a criminal case, the officials said.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the matter on Tuesday.

To date, investigators have uncovered no evidence that the man possessed, retained or passed on sensitive or classified information, said one of the officials.

In the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, 10 Russian agents who infiltrated suburban America were deported last week in exchange for four people convicted of betraying Moscow to the West. An 11th person has been a fugitive since fleeing authorities in Cyprus following his release on bail.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency had no comment on the deportation arrangements.

Bureau Report


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 20:12


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