If the people recently arrested in the Russian spy ring had been a bit more clever about how they sent data, they might never have been caught.
Monday's New York Times reported that the Justice Department had arrested a Russian spy ring in the United States. The articles read like chapters of a Ludlum book.
The whole story is tremendously weird, starting with the fact that there were Russian spies trawling for state secrets in Montclair, New Jersey (home to a Starbucks, a Talbots, and a Supercuts, but crucially bereft of a CIA, an FBI, or any other of the 16 intelligence agencies that pepper our nation).
The so-called "Illegals Program" was a decade-plus-long effort by the SVR (the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, a descendant of the KGB) to create a deep-cover network of suburban spies.
At least five couples made like Tim Robbins in Arlington Road, grilling burgers on the patio while they "gathered information on nuclear weapons, American policy toward Iran, CIA leadership, Congressional politics and many other topics."