DOJ announces successful completion of spy swap
The Justice Department announced today that it has successfully completed the spy swap.
Ten Russian agents arrested were released in exchange for four people who had been imprisoned in Russia. The Justice Department says the exchange of the 14 took place in Vienna.
Three of the suspects arrested had ties to New Jersey. A couple, that went by the names Richard Murphy and Cynthia Murphy, was arrested at their Montclair home on Marquette Road. Mikhail Semenko, a 28-year-old Seton Hall graduate, was arrested in Washington D.C. after an exchange with an undercover federal agent.
All three New Jersey suspects, along with seven others, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.
The agents were accused of leading double lives using fake passports, secret code words, fake names, invisible ink and encrypted radio.
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