Specialists estimate that it takes about ten FBI agents to spy on a professional Russian spy for 24 hours. A strategy used in Moscow is that when a spy leaves the embassy, five other people also leave in order to create some difficulty.
U.S. President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have highlighted yesterday the importance of taking down Russian espionage networks and avoid chemical threats.
It appears that Donald Trump and Theresa May talked on the phone yesterday afternoon, according to a press release issued by the White House.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, welcomes Donald Trump’s decision to remove 60 Russian diplomats from U.S. soil as a reply to the chemical attack that took place in Salisbury.
“The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom thinks that the United States had a very powerful reaction and welcomes international reactions towards the bold behavior of Russia” the British Government says.
Many other countries from the European Union as well as the United States and Canada announced explosions of Russian diplomats as a reaction to the chemical attack that took place on March 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom. Russia is – of course – denying any involvement.
The U.S. media reports that around 150 Russian undercover spies were active in the United States before the expulsion.
Diplomatic cover is still preferred in the espionage networks of many countries, especially Russia. Russia recruits Russian immigrants, create shell companies, sends so called tourists in the United States on short term missions, hack computer systems, The Washington Post says.
The FBI is monitoring movement and communication of those suspected of espionage but the FBI is dealing with an increased espionage activity from Russia and harder access to communication because of using codified language. The CIA tracks spies that operate overseas, the NSA monitors international communication and the FBI is left dealing with spies operating on U.S. soil.
After 60 Russian diplomats were sent away from the United States, an anonymous U.S. official said that more than 100 Russian undercover spies were active in the United States. But another source says that the anonymous official provided a smaller number to not alert Russia that the U.S. knows about the ones that are left. The source says the real number is closer to 150.
While everybody welcomes Trump’s decision regarding the Russian undercover spies, there is also a downside. After Russia will replace these spy-diplomats, the FBI will have to start all over again. “Sometimes its best to know who they are and to follow them” an FBI official said.