(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.”
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.
“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.