The dismissal by the New York Times of actual Russian spies working against American interests on our own soil speaks volumes about where its editorial board’s loyalties lie.
The assignments, described in secret instructions intercepted by the F.B.I., were to collect routine political gossip and policy talk that might have been more efficiently gathered by surfing the Web.
Another time, Moscow offered vague instructions that might have been directed to journalists: “Try to single out tidbits unknown publicly but revealed in private by sources close to State department, Government, major think tanks.”
In effect The New York Times is tsk-tsking the Russian government, saying, “Why didn’t you just ask us? We’d have given all that information to you without all this silly spying business.”
The part that made me laugh out loud was the (illegal) immigration spin they tried to put on this:
For the Russian government, he said, supporting the so-called illegals [sic] operation was probably relatively inexpensive, particularly because some suspected agents were self-supporting, as court papers show.
and this quote from Milton A. Bearden, a former C.I.A. official who now makes money writing op-ed contributions for the New York Times.
If anything, the challenge for Moscow in an operation of such duration was to make sure its agents remained loyal amid the comforts of daily suburban American life. After the collapse of Communism, Mr. Bearden said, several Czech “sleeper agents” in the United States refused to go home, saying they felt they had become Americans.
“What’s their life like, and particularly if it goes on for years?” said Burton Gerber, a former chief of the C.I.A.’s Soviet division, of the suspected Russian agents. For couples with children, for example, they may be “very guilty spies,” Mr. Gerber said, and yet influenced by P.T.A. and after-school sports.
“At some stage, do you begin to think of yourself more as American than Russian?” he said. “Without feeling a sense of betraying Russia, they may just want to lead quiet lives.”
Why can the New York Times never get quotes from actual C.I.A. officials? Maybe for the same reason McChrystal should have disobeyed orders to talk to a Rolling Stone “reporter”.
So, FBI folks, per my earlier post, you might also want to consider a little scrutiny here as well: