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Putin praises Cold War moles for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets

• By Steve Gutterman
  Vladimir Putin praised Cold War-era scientists on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets so that United States would not be the world's sole atomic power, in comments reflecting his vision of Russia as a counterweight to U.S. power. 

Spies with suitcases full of data helped the Soviet Union build its atomic bomb, he told military commanders.


"You know, when the States already had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels," Putin said, according to state-run Itar-Tass.

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