Can we stop the spies?

The round-up of 11 alleged Russian spies — 10 living in America, one abroad — caught nearly everybody by surprise. They went by names like Murphy and Foley and Lazaro, used old-school spy techniques like invisible ink and encrypted Morse code, and passed coded messages through photos posted online. They seemed like perfect neighbors — except when they were tipping off headquarters in Moscow.

The KGB is no longer called the KGB, but the agency’s mission is still alive and well, as these latest arrests prove. Could they have posed a real threat to national security? And what is the capability of our intelligence services to stop other spy rings?

Need to Know host Alison Stewart talks with former New York Times intelligence reporter Tim Weiner, author of “Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA to illuminate this murky underworld.”

 
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  • John

    Yes, the spies still exist even though we have almost everybody thought that they were replaced by satellites and other modern technology that I do not know the name. I was very surprised because this last affair, and I think this is perhaps a sign that we should not sleep when it comes to security threats. Yes, this is surely a sign that tells us, open people’s eyes and ears because spies are all around us. Or is it just a trick to approve a budget for the hunt for the ghosts of the past? Who knows?

  • Astrid Dodds

    This was journalism “lite,” a total waste of everyone’s time. I nearly turned the TV set off and am glad I did not only because the segment that followed, “Drilling Down,” about the Gulf oil spill, was a winner.

  • Tuckrtoo

    Is this the whole written article? It seems more like a long leading sentence, or
    would have been, had I been the author. Either I am not fully awake, or the written word has been reduced to a rather long headline.

  • Tuckrtoo

    Is this the whole written article? It seems more like a long leading sentence, or
    would have been, had I been the author. Either I am not fully awake, or the written word has been reduced to a rather long headline.

  • Tuckrtoo

    Is this the whole written article? It seems more like a long leading sentence, or
    would have been, had I been the author. Either I am not fully awake, or the written word has been reduced to a rather long headline.