FBI Chief Says Russian Spy Count in U.S. ‘Still Way Too Big’: Time for a Reality Check?

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FILE - FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing, Wednesday, July 12, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wray appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time since Republicans took control in January. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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FBI Director Christopher Wray pulled no punches as he sent out a stern warning that the number of Russian spies in the U.S. is alarmingly high and still a pressing concern.

Speaking at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., Wray emphasized that despite expelling 60 Russian diplomats in 2018 for suspected espionage, the U.S. is still grappling with what he calls a traditional counterintelligence threat.

It’s not just traditional intelligence officers. Wray also highlighted how Russia uses other individuals to aid its operations, citing the arrest of a Mexican national last year.

The sharp warning comes at a time when many consider Cold War-style espionage a thing of the past. But Wray’s message is clear: Russia’s spy game on American soil is far from over, which begs the question: What more can be done to curb this ongoing counterintelligence threat?


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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