Spies vs. Spies: A Cold War Regularity That Never Quite Cooled

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Since the end of the Cold War, a variety of leaked diplomatic cables, captured operatives and acts of espionage, like this summer’s hack of the Democratic National Committee, have served as reminders that Russia and the United States continue to routinely spy on each other. On Thursday, the United States said it would expel 35 officials in retaliation for what American spy agencies said was Russian interference in the presidential election. It was the largest number of diplomats forced to leave the United States since 2001, when 50 officials were sent back to Russia after the arrest of Robert Philip Hanssen, a veteran F.B.I. agent who was caught spying.

June 2013: An Embassy Row

The United States expelled two Russian diplomats in retaliation for a bizarre episode outside the United States Embassy in Moscow, in which a Russian police officer attacked an American diplomat.

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