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Which Politically Active New York Financier Did the Russian Spy Ring Target?

Hot off the presses from AP, about that busted Russian spy ring:

One intercepted message said Cynthia Murphy, “had several work-related personal meetings with” a man the court papers describe as a prominent New York-based financier active in politics.

In response, Moscow Center described the man as a very interesting target and urged the defendants to “try to build up little by little relations.

. . . Maybe he can provide” Murphy “with remarks re US foreign policy, ‘roumors’ about White house internal ‘kitchen,’ invite her to venues (to major political party HQ in NYC, for instance. . . . In short, consider carefully all options in regard” to the financier.

We don’t know when these meetings with this financier would have occurred, but considering how there are reports of this activity continuing until recently, it’s tough to believe this financier isn’t within Democratic-party circles. Would a financier active in GOP circles be able to hear ‘roumors’ from the White House? Probably not.

Also, when you sometimes think that your least-favorite columnists write like they’re on the payroll of some foreign government . . . in some cases, they might be:

Pelaez is a Peruvian-born reporter and editor and worked for several years for El Diario/La Prensa, one of the country’s best-known Spanish-language newspapers. She is best known for her opinion columns, which often criticize the U.S. government.

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