Back in the Shadows

As the U.S. expels a Russian spook, relations between cold-war rivals threaten to devolve into a cold peace

Late last Tuesday evening, a plane departed from Washington with an unusual passenger list: two high-level officials from the CIA bound for Moscow. The delegation's mission was straightforward if somewhat naive: give Russian authorities a chance to limit the diplomatic fallout caused by the arrest of Aldrich Ames, the American accused of spying for Moscow. To do that, the CIA officials insisted, the Russians must honor a previous promise to cut the number of their spies operating in the U.S. by half and identify their top intelligence officers in New York City and San Francisco. Most important, Moscow would have to...

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