- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Washington Post intelligence correspondent Jeff Stein provides some much needed follow-up on yesterday’s strange piece in Kommersant promising revenge against the SVR colonel who betrayed the American "illegals." Two former spies, one American and one Russia, remember Colonel Aleksandr Vasilyevich Shcherbakov, thought to be the traitorous spymaster identified in the story. But the story still seems fishy:
Kommersant, said Dmitry Sidirov, the paper’s former Washington bureau chief, "is very close to the Kremlin." Its story, he speculated, was "an intentional leak," most likely a thinly-veiled attack on Mikhail Fradkov, head of the SVR, as the foreign intelligence service is known, since 2007, who had recently been "very much under attack" by rivals.
"The whole point of the story was to make the SVR a joke," Sidirov said.