Jun 30, 2010 04:11 PM EST

Life Imitates Art With Latest Russian Spy Arrests

Life Imitates Art With Latest Russian Spy Arrests
Sometimes life imitates art. It seems like a scenario right out of the upcoming film, "Salt", there have been 10 arrests made of people who are allegedly serving as secret agents of the Russian government with the goal of penetrating U.S. government policy making circles.

The news came Monday from the Justice Department. Apparently, the government intercepted a message that was sent from Russian intelligence headquarters in Moscow. According to the information gathered the goal of the "spies" are ''to search and develop ties in policy making circles in US''.

the 10 that were arrested were each charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison on conviction.

Those arrested were Richard Murphy and Cynthia Murphy from Montclair, N.J., Vicky Pelaez and a defendant known as ''Juan Lazaro,'' from Yonkers, NY, Anna Chapman of Manhattan, Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills from Arlington, VA, Mikhail Semenko from Arlington, VA, and Donald Howard Heathfield and Tracey Lee Ann Foley from Boston.  

Source: Associated Press
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