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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.”