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Should the U.S. trade spies with Russia?

Federal prosecutors in New York are negotiating with attorneys for 10 Russian spy suspects on a possible plea deal amid signs that U.S. and Russian authorities are trying to work out a prisoner swap that could lead to Moscow's release of a researcher held for the past decade on espionage charges.

While it appears a deal may in fact be in the works, ought there to be? Should the U.S. really trade spy suspects back to Russia for the release of an American held captive? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 7, 2010; 7:33 PM ET  | Category:  Local , National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Hopefully they will trade Anna Chapman, who will then sign a contract for a Playboy interview and photo spread.

Posted by: Joe4 | July 8, 2010 7:05 AM

Well of course you trade spies, what kind of argument would there be not to do so?

However, if something can be arranged to keep Anna Chapman around with her agreement...I'd be okay with that!

Posted by: familynet | July 8, 2010 7:25 AM

Certainly we need to trade them as we always have - but, please keep the hot one.

Posted by: lswonder | July 8, 2010 7:32 AM

I concur with the posts before this one. Trade spies keep Anna. You know she will now cash in on the celebrity somehow.

To Russia with Love

Posted by: rcc_2000 | July 8, 2010 7:44 AM

By all means trade the spies. Also keep Anna here. With a playboy spread waiting in the wings, she could be an economic stimulator. I am looking forward to that month.

Posted by: samchannar | July 8, 2010 8:16 AM

Depends. Do the Russians have any really knockout babes?

Posted by: webman2 | July 8, 2010 8:24 AM

Civilized nations trade captured spies, its better then the other option of shooting them.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 8, 2010 8:44 AM

Yeah Chapman is alright but if she wasn't an international spy I wouldn't give here the time of day.

Regardless, the only spy we are trading for (according to press reports) is a Russian who does not want to leave "the motherland". What the hell's the point, keep the Russians in jail. Tell Vladimir we will release them when his country comes to its senses and drops it resistance towards European missile defense.

Posted by: jkrohn | July 8, 2010 9:01 AM

Fortunately, in these international times, it is possible that even if we do trade her, Ms. Chapman would appear in the Russian edition of Playboy. If that were to happen, I am certain scans would appear online soon afterward.

Posted by: kingpigeon | July 8, 2010 9:20 AM

We should do the trade. Also, we are getting a good deal even if we only get one or two real spies in return. That's because these so-called Russian spies you can hardly classify as spies at all. Living the high life off the Russian taxpayers. No access to classified data and hoping to join think tanks and hob nob with elites. How lame is that? And we thought only our own gov agencies knew how to waste taxpayer dough! As for Anna, yes, she is hot. But, come on, can national decisions really be based on hot babes?

Posted by: magnifco1000 | July 8, 2010 9:31 AM

they should put this Chapman woman under house arrest at my house. I'll make sure she doesn't get into any more trouble.

Posted by: John1263 | July 8, 2010 10:04 AM

Trade them Goldman.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | July 8, 2010 10:12 AM

We have chicks like that by the bushel here in NYC... Go to South Brooklyn.. little Odessa. We dont need her. There are more and easier and cuter... truuuuust me.

Posted by: hinterlight | July 8, 2010 10:23 AM

Let them run for Office in The USA.They Cannot be Worse Criminals,than the Last Administration,who ran our Country into the Ground.

Posted by: Amazedagain | July 8, 2010 10:44 AM

Why keep spies beyond the period they are useful. If they are Russians, they have not done anything wrong. Spying for your own country is not wrong, and the only reason its a crime is so that you can detain spies. Why pay to house them, and in the process keep Russians or even Americans who have helped the USA in Russian Jails.

Note since these people were really poor spies, its an even better deal.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | July 8, 2010 10:44 AM

I suspect these silly arrests were made for the purpose of obtaining trading stock.

Posted by: billwald | July 8, 2010 10:44 AM

We should not swap spies until we have thoroughly interrogated them over months and years.

Posted by: blasmaic | July 8, 2010 10:52 AM

We should trade spies when we get a good deal. For example this time, we get a guy who has information on nuclear submarines, they get some people who went to cocktail parties.

Posted by: flashdornfeld | July 8, 2010 11:05 AM

If we trade spies wouldn't we be acknowledging that we actually still have spies?

I guess that part of the arrangement gets buried on page 25 while the fact that Russia has spies is front page news.

Posted by: theobserver4 | July 8, 2010 11:07 AM

yes, they can do everything they need in order to bring back home our guys there. but, returns only 9 from here and keep anna chapman, she then will become the next victoria secret girl.

Posted by: scagliettiv612 | July 8, 2010 11:20 AM

I think we should only trade 1 for 1. Get rid of Anna. Big trouble.

Posted by: garybelcher1 | July 8, 2010 11:41 AM

Absolutely the U.S. should pursue a trade, but Russia would be foolish to agree to it. The most the U.S. can charge their catches with is failure to register as a foreign agent, with a maximum sentence of five years, and the information they transmitted was all easily accessible in the public domain. These people weren't much more than lobbyists. "Spies" are usually associated with "espionage", and there was no espionage here, at least in the typical sense of involvement with classified material. The longer the USA holds them, the more foolish it looks.

Posted by: marknesop | July 8, 2010 12:02 PM

I think we need to keep Anna Chapman here for further observation.

Posted by: trwatson | July 8, 2010 1:14 PM

As for Anna, yes, she is hot. But, come on, can national decisions really be based on hot babes?
Posted by: magnifco1000 | July 8, 2010 9:31 AM

Let's face it, national decisions are now only based on opinion polls, so how much worse can it get to make decisions based on good-lookers like Anna Chapman. Actually, they should just release her and let her gain her own t.v./radio show. At least she would be paying taxes to the U.S.

BTW, yes I know that this is being too light-hearted, but this whole spy catching is so asinine and feels a little too fixed to divert attention from adminstration failures like the oil spill and the economy-yah think?

Posted by: familynet | July 8, 2010 1:32 PM

Man, society really is in trouble.....

Guys, stop thinking with your cocks, FFS!
She's a spy, but it's ok cuz she's hot...

No wonder the USA is such a mess..

Posted by: blupheonix | July 8, 2010 2:13 PM

Doesn't the "trade" admit that the scientist is a spy? If he is a spy, then trade, of course.

If he is not a spy, the issue is vastly more complicated.

Posted by: Virginiatransplant | July 8, 2010 2:32 PM

If the court would allow it, I would like to marry Anna Chapman so she wouldn't have to be deported.

Posted by: Yuri_Akilev | July 8, 2010 2:37 PM

Spies are tiny little windows. Trade them, because frankly they are not good for anything after they are found.

Put a big old picture window on Congress ... OMG!!! Gannon are you crazy !!!???

Posted by: gannon_dick | July 8, 2010 2:39 PM

hang the B....

Posted by: pofinpa | July 8, 2010 2:48 PM

The truth is that “Russian Spies Get Harsher Sentence Than Water-Boarding".
More inhumane than capital punishment. Is the Obama DOJ going rogue on Obama?
This revelation comes from
Some originality is welcome among the anodyne treatment by the mainstream press.

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | July 8, 2010 3:01 PM

Of course we should never swap good looking and beautiful Anna Chapman for some rundown recent immigrant from the East Bloc.

Posted by: jibsail | July 8, 2010 5:44 PM

I'm sorry, are we at war with Russia? No? Then what's the hubbub about?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | July 8, 2010 7:47 PM

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