News emerged from Washington earlier this week that the Pentagon has uncovered an extensive network of Russian ‘sleeper spies’ spanning across the entire United States. Experts believe that the nexus dates back to the height of the Cold War in the 1980s, and may contain as many as 30,000 agents.
A ‘sleeper agent’ is a spy placed within the target organization or country as a potential future asset. They are usually indistinguishable from the general population and often live full, active lives in their community for a number of years.
Often portrayed in popular fiction, the sleeper spy was a fabled tactic of the Soviet Union throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Until now, the US have only found evidence of a handful of sleeper spies.
Agents at both the FBI and CIA have been working on discovering a method to easily identify the spies and dismantle the…
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