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Russian spies: Three remaining mysteries

• Peter Grier via The Christian Science Monitor

The world has learned a lot about the Russian spy suspects in the US in recent days.

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Sultry Anna Chapman has broken hearts on two continents, for instance; her father may have been a top official in the old KGB. Juan Jose Lazaro Sr. has vowed greater loyalty to Russian intelligence than to his son, say prosecutors – who add they don’t know Mr. Lazaro’s real name. A woman whose Virginia neighbors knew her as “Patricia Mills” has told court officials her real name is Natalia Pereverzeva. And so on.

Meanwhile, legal cases against the suspects have begun to lurch forward.

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Most of the accused in custody have appeared in open court at bail hearings in New York, Massachusetts, or Virginia. Their indictments don’t mention espionage charges, but that does not mean they could get off lightly. Experts note they still face tough federal charges, particularly those charged with money laundering, which can result in lengthy prison terms under sentencing guidelines.

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Comment by Ross Wolf
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The Russians historically have trained spies well.

The USSR trained some of their Spies to monitor their physiological reactions to pass lie detector tests when they were lying. Russian KGB not only taught their Agents and Spies to "monitor" their body language, but to copy and implement other people’s' body language, mannerisms and speech patterns when on a mission, to prevent their own body language and speech from being read. Russian training included covertly recording an agent’s speech and filming their “body language” when on mini mission, then providing the sound-video to the agent so he or she could repeatedly review the film and modify their body language and speech to avoid detection. Perhaps the best agents were sent to America. It is foreseeable a sophisticated terrorist might copy and emulate another person’s non-threatening body language and speech patterns just like actors do to pass unnoticed, through airport security. A sophisticated terrorist or spy most anywhere, might avoid detection, by implementing another person’s character type, including non-verbal elements (body language) and manner of speech to escape discovery, portraying a character type government investigators and Citizens would never imagine was a threat.

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