So here's this really odd-duck American spy case in Moscow, the fly in the ointment of new, improved cooperation between the US and Russia on delicate matters. We don't even protest but just shrug and focus on our ever-so-helpful *cough* talks with Russia on Syria.
Then there's this really weird scripted set-piece from RT. The actors even move to their marks -- you can almost see the little pieces of tape on the floor. Their faces are carefully scrambled but maybe some blogger will recognize the voices.
But get this -- the Boston bombing case isn't the only case our two countries are cooperating on.
There's a strange fumble at the 3:16 mark, where the faceless FSB officer says:
The FSB is actively assisting the investigation of the explosions in Boston and also on other...on other information which carries a threat to the security of the United States of America.
Now stop right there. He says, in Russian, "po drugim" in the dative masculine case as if he were going to say "po drugim delam" -- "other cases" or "other matters". I'm going to bet "cases".
What other cases? What other matters?!
He stops himself there and then immediately changes to the femine and says "po drugoi informatsii" as if he caught himself in time speaking of something he shouldn't have been speaking of (my theory).
But either way, what information? What else is a threat to the United States that the Russians are "helping" us with and possibly only giving us partial information as they did on the Tsarnaevs?
This really bears more scrutiny.
The voice goes on with grave indignation about how awful young Fogle has messed things up for this nice...condiminium recently established. He describes the recent visit by the FBI director, Mueller, and speaks of an agreement for "active cooperation of resistance to this evil of Islamic extremism and so on".
Then he mentions that "Obama and Putin also made an agreement to cooperate on intelligence."
So two agreements, one verbally on the phone between Obama and Putin, and possibly one formal agreement made while Mueller visited Moscow, perhaps a signed MOU or something.
But just "when relations are strengthening," scolds the voice, "an American diplomat commits a state crime against the RF" despite this "new level of understanding". How could he?!
It's funny, Anna Chapman and the other Russian spies in a nest uncovered by the FBI were expelled in February 2011. July 2010.
I wonder why, if the FSB knew about Fogle starting in January 2011, they didn't expel him in a tit-for-tat sooner. In fact, there weren't any Americans expelled from Russia back then in 2010-2012, were there? (Update: I can't find any!)
Who was that other spy who was expelled in January 2013?