According to the Times, the F.B.I. has actually been monitoring Anna Chapman and her crew for a decade, and they gave the first detailed briefing to the White House last February. So why act now? "By late May and early June, counterespionage officials grew concerned that several of the agents were planning to leave the country this summer and concluded that they would have to arrest them," the Times reports. Obama was briefed about the case on June 11, sixteen days before the arrests, and from the beginning the idea of a swap seemed the likely outcome. Maria A. Veselova, a lawyer for one of the arrested-and-swapped spies, said it's all politics! (Well, yeah.) "It has to do with the relations between the two countries, and with political games going on at the top,” Veselova said, of the handling of the spies, and the ultimate swap. “It is always connected with these chess games.” Meanwhile, last we checked, Chapman was "completely unaware" of her media attention, but now that all the spies are out of U.S. custody, they might face their scariest assignment of all: Googling themselves. [NYT]
Most Viewed Stories
Hillary Clinton Readies Oppo-Research to Go to War Against Joe Biden
11-Year-Old Boy Shoots 8-Year-Old Girl Dead Over Puppy
Another Acclaimed, Ambitious Restaurant Is Closing — Here’s Why
Can Steve Huffman Save Reddit From Itself?
Cate Blanchett on Truth, Quentin Tarantino, and Her Very Big Year
Here Are The X-Files’ New Opening Credits
Stephenie Meyer Rewrote Twilight With Edward and Bella’s Genders Flipped
Movies Need to Stop Explaining Everything (Looking at You, The Walk)
Portraits of Privilege: A Teen Demands Mac ’n’ Cheese
Guards Too Busy Playing Solitaire on the Computer to Stand Watch Over International Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’
Latest News from Daily IntelligencerHas Barack Obama Done Enough for African-Americans?
As the historic administration nears its final year, African-American leaders debate: Did the first black president do enough for his own community?Hillary Is Done Playing Defense, But Emailgate Won’t Go Away
A second IT firm was backing up her email, and now it’s providing information to the FBI.Bill Clinton Explains Donald Trump’s ‘Macho’ Appeal on Colbert
And why Bernie Sanders is so popular.The Yankees Go Down Quietly in the A.L. Wild Card Game
Houston advances to the ALDS.The 2016 Race Is Devolving Into a Prank War
Clinton sent her GOP rivals copies of Hard Choices.Aggressive Bears Are Scaring Hikers in New Jersey’s Ramapo State Park
Five people were followed by bears last weekend.Guards Too Busy Playing Solitaire on the Computer to Stand Watch Over International Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’
This does not sound suspicious at all.The DraftKings Scandal Highlights Fantasy Football’s Deeper Problem
The DraftKings scandal raises difficult questions for the booming industry.Justice Department Will Release 6,000 Nonviolent Drug Convicts Late This Month
Great news for the many real-life versions of Empire's Cookie Lyon.Ben Carson: ‘I Would Not Just Stand There and Let Him Shoot Me’
The presidential candidate offered many thoughts on how to prevent gun violence today.
Mad about same-sex marriage and worried about divine retribution.Weekend Bender Reportedly Preceded CC Sabathia’s Rehab Decision
Two reports point to a weekend of drinking in Baltimore.At Least 17 People Killed in Carolina Floods
There was finally a break in the rain Tuesday.11-Year-Old Boy Shoots 8-Year-Old Girl Dead Over Puppy
He'd been bullying her for a while, her mother reports.How the Republicans Are Rehabbing Hillary Clinton’s Image
The GOP handed her a gift when they slipped up about the Benghazi investigation. She's playing it brilliantly.Hillary Clinton Readies Oppo-Research to Go to War Against Joe Biden
“This could be messier than Obama-Hillary '08.”U.S. Military Official Says Hospital Airstrike Was a Mistake
General John Campbell also told Congress on Tuesday that the plan to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 2016 may be changed.Officials Blow a Big Call on Monday Night Football, As America Learns the ‘Illegal Bat’ Rule
The Seahawks caught a major break.Cops Investigate Tractor-Trailer That Smells Suspiciously Like Pot in Queens, Find 3,000 Pounds of Marijuana
In other words, $3.5 million worth of marijuana.Man Found Dead After Being Locked in Bronx Hospital Bathroom for Days
The deceased worked at Montefiore Medical Center.