Russian Spy Ship Hysteria: Nothing New

Lately the liberal media has made a lot of the fact that the Russian spy ship, “Viktor Leonov,” has been sailing along the eastern coast of the United States.  This is type of spying is old news.

During the Cold War, Russian trawlers were often off our coast spying.  The United States did the same thing with the Soviet Union and Communist China.  It is all part of the spy game.

What makes this story a little bit bizarre is that Russia sent spy planes and ships off our western coast last year when Obama was still in office.  Yet it wasn’t a major story at that time.

Russia has buzzed US and NATO ships in the Baltic Sea also. Even neutral Sweden had reports of Russians subs penetrating their territorial waters since the fall of the Soviet Union for years.

Only the simple minded think that the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 ended spying from Russia. Sergei Tretyakov was a Russian spymaster who directed all Russian spy activity and covert operations against the United States and its allies from 1995 to 2000. He eventually defected to the US.  His book, “Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia’s Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War,” details how Russian spying never ended. (Book author Peter Earley interviewed Sergei Tretyakov and wrote the book.)

Under the Obama Administration the US engaged in spying against its allies. If you check the news, this week Chancellor Merkel of Germany testified before a Parliamentary committee investigating how the US National Security Agency spied on her and the German Government back in 2013.  At the time, US and German relations became testy.  The Obama Administration was literally caught spying on an ally.

Merkel declared, “spying among friends” is unacceptable. Yet the liberal media has ignored this story or has underreported it so as not to damage Obama’s credibility. US/German relations reached a new low with the US spying on its ally; furthermore, the liberal media helped to cover up the souring relationship.

This is why the main stream media cannot be trusted.  They have become a political arm of the Progressive left.  They spew out propaganda to further the radical left rather than act as investigative reporters who hold everybody accountable.  This is precisely why very few people trust them to report accurate and fairly.

On page 331 of the book, Tretyakov declared, “Nothin has changed. Russia is doing everything it can today to embarrass the U.S.  The SVR (Russian intelligence agency) rezidenturas in the U.S. are not less, but in some aspects even more active today than during the Cold War.  What should that tell you?”

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About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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