White House says spy swap considered before June 27 arrests

July 9, 2010 22:29


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WASHINGTON — The White House began deliberating a spy swap with Moscow as early as June 11, well ahead of the arrests of 10 Russians in the United States on June 27, a White House official said Friday.

In the course of the following negotiations with Moscow, the United States put forward names of the four people who were released by Russia on Friday as their part of the bargain, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

The swap took place Friday in Vienna. The official said all the children of the Russian spies had left the United States for Russia or were in the process of leaving.

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