Sunday, July 23, 2017

"The Russian Spies Living Next Door" starts CNN's "Declassified" Season 2; the photo of Mikhail Semenko


CNN’s series “Declassified” resumed with Season 2 July 2, with “The Russian Spies Living Next Door”, with a presentation, with Leon Panetta, of how Russians placed ordinary people, often young adults, speaking fluent English in American society as spies.  Many were (traditionally) married couples.  The basic link is here.  Some of these cases built the Fox-Amblin-Dreamworks series “The Americans” set in the 1980s.



One particular spy who caught my eye was Mikhail Semenko.  He was a student at Seton Hall University in E Orange NJ and then worked as a travel agent in Arlington VA until his arrest in the summer of 2010.  I think I recall seeing him, as he is quite striking.  Here’s one story in Arlington Now and the Houston Chronicle has the story with beach picture..   Semenko would be caught making a drop in a northern Virginia park. 

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