(Russian) Spies among us


10 Russian spies arrested; 2 were former Hoboken residents

11th suspect still at large…

There are probably thousands of spies from countries all over the world living among us here in the United States – you only hear about them after they’re busted.

Today, a bunch of Russian spies were corralled up – including two that briefly spent time within the borders of the Mile Square under the assumed names “Richard Murphy” and “Cynthia Murphy.”

See District Court Indictments Here.

Former Hoboken residents were russian spies - (Russian) Spies among us

New York Financier

One of the alleged New Jersey conspirators, Cynthia Murphy, had several work-related meetings with a “prominent New York- based financier,” whose name is omitted from the complaint. Superiors in Moscow instructed Murphy to work on the relationship and try to obtain foreign policy rumors and invitations to political events, the government said.

The alleged spies were instructed to remain in place for years to deliver useful intelligence to agents of the Russian Federation, according to the charges. Two of the defendants, known as Richard Murphy and Cynthia Murphy, received a coded message in 2009 from the Moscow headquarters of the Russian Federation foreign intelligence service, instructing them on their duties.

Main Mission

“You were sent to USA for long-term service trip,” read the message, decoded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the government. “Your education, bank accounts, car, house, etc. — all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission, i.e. to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in U.S. and send intels (intelligence reports) to C(enter).”

Richard Murphy, 39, has resided in Montclair since 2008, after living in Hoboken, New Jersey; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Queens, New York, according to a computer database.

By using illegal documents, agents assumed false identities before getting university degrees, took jobs and joined professional associations, according to the complaint. Agents also lived together, posing as married couples and having children to deepen their cover, or “legend,” the FBI said.

Before coming to the U.S., agents were trained in spycraft, learning foreign languages, the use of encrypted messages and the avoidance of detection of their work, according to the FBI. One method that agents learned was a “brush-pass” or “flash meeting” in which they secretly passed items or payments to another while walking past them in public, according to the FBI.

Read more about the others arrested here.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010 2:32 pm

Newsflash: Some of the most aggressive intelligence gathering countries are our allies, and anyone who think the Russians stopped spying because the wall came down is drinking naieve tea. They may be more concerned with economic espionage vs. our warheads, but the game continues. Ahhh, I could tell some good stories, but my tracking device is acting up…..

Thursday, July 1, 2010 12:42 pm

Russian Spies? Really? What is this 1962? Hello. Didnt the cold war end. Arent we sending them economic aid? Jeez…. 😕

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 11:49 pm

Does anyone remember them from their time here? Anyone shed any light on where they lived? Fascinating…maybe I passed them in the street!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 11:15 pm

C’mon. Clearly it’s a reference to the Bull “Moose” party of 1912, and picking up on the spy theme with Hanna-Barbara’s Secret “Squirrel”. Helloooo!? Morocco Mole? Anyone? Anyone?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:20 pm

How did Moose and Squirrel find us in Montclair! …ugh…back to Pottsylvania…

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