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U.S. releases Russian spy bust documents

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The FBI Monday released videos, documents and photographs detailing the actions of a Russian spy ring broken up more than a year ago in New York.

The FBI said the documents provide a "rare glimpse" into the one of the biggest spy scandals since the Cold War, The Washington Post reported.

In June 2010, the FBI arrested 10 Russian agents who had been living in the United States for years, probably acting as "spotters" recruiting people to work for Moscow's Foreign Intelligence Agency. The agents were swapped with Russia for four Americans the country held.

The documents released by the FBI are heavily censored, with entire pages of material missing and no audio accompanying the videos. The trove was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by news outlets.

The videos include clips of the Russians meeting with undercover FBI agents and picking up a package from a so-called dead drop, in which messages are exchanged through a clandestine drop-off spot. One video shows a Russian agent giving a "brush pass," secretly passing a message to a Moscow official.

The FBI dubbed the case "Operation Ghost Stories," because six of the agents assumed the identities of dead people.

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