While they passed along no
U.S. secrets, the 10 Russian sleeper agents involved in the spy swap
posed a potential threat to the U.S. and received "hundreds of thousands
of dollars" from Russia, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
considered these people as very important to their
intelligence-gathering activities," he told CBS' "Face the Nation" in an
interview broadcast Sunday.
He defended the decision to allow the
10 to return to Russia in exchange for the release of four Russian
prisoners accused of spying for the West because the swap presented "an
opportunity to get back ... four people in whom we have a great deal of