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Spy Swap Mismatch

Steve Levine quotes Stephen Sestanovich on this apparent story of a spy swap for political prisoner Igor Sutyagin:

It’s a relief to have Igor Sutyagin out after what he’s been through. But let’s recognize there’s been a terrible disproportion between the messages sent here: Get caught in a gray area of what’s secret and what’s not in Russia, and you do 15 years of hard time. Work for years in an elaborately constructed and bankrolled intelligence operation in the U.S. — complete with assumed identities and constant covert monitoring from Moscow — and you’re handed a get-out-of-jail pass in ten days.