Accused Russian agent Maria Butina will remain in jail, U.S. judge rules


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/09/10/accused-russian-agent-maria-bu.html


#2

I suspect the Russians will grab some US citizen, either attached to the embassy in Moscow, or even just a private tourist or businessman traveling there, accuse them of a crime, and then use him/her as a bartering chip to get Butina back.


#3

Better than my imagined scenario: Butina, the judge, and five or six others suddenly get poisoned.


#4

Cripes.

(Sarcasm) That is one way for her to pay off her student loans (/Sarcasm)


#5

“I cannot envision a scenario for Ms. Butina to be released from jail,”

Roger That!


#6

Why did you have to post 9 tweets telling us the same thing over and over?


#7

You really think she is that important to them? Fighting to get her back is like admitting she was working for them. They’ll just let her rot in jail here.


#8

I think it’s more a point of honor, like when the US works to get back a US citizen accused of spying in North Korea or Iran. Maybe they won’t go so far as to nab a US citizen for a trade, but they will put diplomatic pressure on to get her back.


#9

I don’t think Russia has yet acknowledged she’s KGB FSB.


#10

oh they’ll complain that is all not true and that we are holding a russian citizen, etc etc - just like they did not tamper in the election, just like there was no doping with their olympic teams - Putin could teach trump a thing or two about lying.


#11

Won’t be necessary after Cheeto Putin gives her a pardon.


#12

Trump to Putin: “Can I pick the victim? Can I?! Can I!?”


#13

“Is FSB now.”

They don’t have to acknowledge she’s a spy. In fact they can deny it up and down and say they want their innocent victim returned to the motherland and it will play better with the Russian public.


#14

They have form on trying to get their operatives out.
It’s not just a matter of honour/tradition, it also makes a lot of sense for improving morale and motivation.


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