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12th Russian Spy, a Microsoft Employee, Busted

Moscow grills returned spy ring
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2010 8:24 AM CDT
12th Russian Spy, a Microsoft Employee, Busted
Facebook page of 12th alleged spy Alexey Karetnikov   (www.facebook.com)

(Newser) – As the busted Russian spy ring is interrogated back in Moscow, US authorities deported a 12th alleged member of the group: Alexey Karetnikov, a 23-year-old who was working as a software tester at Microsoft's Washington state headquarters. Karetnikov's Facebook page shows he was married and worked not only for Microsoft but also for a Russian software company whose clients include the successor to the KGB, Business Week reports.

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Meanwhile in Moscow, the spies are facing heat from their bosses, who want to know "how their cover could have been blown," the New York Post reports, adding that some of the spies may be fired by Russian intelligence.
(Read more Alexey Karetnikov stories.)

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