So much for the Reset Button. Clearly some Russian agents were taking premature advantage of Obama’s flexibility.
An indictment was unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging 11 members of a Russian military procurement network operating in the United States and Russia, as well as a Texas-based export company and a Russia-based procurement firm, with illegally exporting high-tech microelectronics from the United States to Russian military and intelligence agencies.
The microelectronics allegedly exported to Russia are subject to strict government controls due to their potential use in a wide range of military systems, including radar and surveillance systems, weapons guidance systems, and detonation triggers.
Some of this technology was going directly to the Russian military, including into advanced submarines so that the United States was directly equipping the subs that it might one day have to fight.
Some of it was going to the FSB, the successor to the KGB, for use in eavesdropping and espionage equipment.
The FBI recovered a letter sent by a specialized electronics laboratory of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s primary domestic intelligence agency, to an Apex affiliate regarding certain microchips obtained for the FSB by Arc. The letter stated that the microchips were faulty and demanded that the defendants supply replacement parts.
The quote from Lenin about the capitalists selling us the rope with which we will hang them comes to mind. This was espionage aimed at retrieving parts to be used in espionage.
“The receipt of U.S.-made, cutting-edge microelectronics has advanced Russia’s military technological capabilities. NCIS and the Department of the Navy have worked closely with the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Commerce in this investigation due to the potential for significant enhancement of Russian naval weapons systems that would result from the illegal acquisition of these export-controlled technologies,” said Special Agent in Charge Timothy W. Reeves, NCIS Central Field Office.
This network began operating around the time Obama won the election. And here’s the irony.
Posobilov was arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on his way to Singapore and Moscow.