July 1st, 2010
03:47 PM ET

Feds: Suspect in alleged Russia spy ring confesses

"Juan Lazaro", one of the suspects in an alleged Russian spy ring, has admitted that he worked for Russia's intelligence service, according to a bail letter provided by the United States Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York.

The document states Lazaro made a "lengthy post-arrest statement on June 27th," after he waived his Miranda rights, in which he allegedly told federal agents that he was not born in Uruguay, that "Juan Lazaro" is not his real name, that his house in Yonkers had been "paid for by the 'Service' and although he loved his son, he would not violate his loyalty to the 'Service' even for his son."

The document also says "Lazaro," who is married to co-defendant Vicky Pelaez, told agents she delivered letters to the "Service" on his behalf, and that he refused to provide his real name to prosecutors.

"Lazaro" is currently appearing at a detention hearing in a New York Federal Courtroom to determine whether he qualifies for bail.

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  1. politicalguru

    I just saw a spirited exchange...very funny...A progressive/liberal blogger who lost his job recently called a conservative blogger a "Right Wing Nut-Job"....In response, the conservative blogger says, "I would rather be a right wing nut-job than a liberal with no nuts and no job." No matter your affiliation, that comeback made even me laugh!

    July 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FOXnewsISdestroyingTHISCOUNTRY

    you are all complete morons. please, for the sake of this country, we need to start focusing on the LARGER issues at hand that will lead to the demise of this country. i.e- the gulf oil spill, our dismal economy, the FAILING war on drugs, or an even BIGGER failure, the war in Iraq/Afghanistan

    July 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lapman

      If you want people to help I would not call them morons, you moron

      July 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      We are, moron, and espionage IS a serious issue.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • politicalguru

      To Lapman: Don't even bother with this post. If you see his/her user name, you'll see there's no room to budge here per intelligent conversation. Ideology has just taken some people way out there...and I mean way out there.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MDS

    A few simple questions. What/who were these wannabe James Bonds spying on? What vital info did they have access to, that they managed to pass on to their "service". From what I've read, the best they could likely come up with would be info on housing prices and trends in the real estate market. It strikes me as odd that nobody in the media seems interested in asking these types of questions. I wonder if they aren't merely spies by definition in that they are in the US under false pretences while being in the employ of a foreign government. Their spy-craft seems very mickey mouse. Of course, our chances of ever finding out in this day and age are slim to none. Whether they did 'something" or "nothing", it will be hidden away under the guise of *national security*.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      It's funny how you would believe the cover story concocted by spies before you'd believe the investigators who arrested them.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anonymous

    CT... you are uninformed and sound very stupid right now. The FBI moved in because Anna Chapman found out she was being tracked. It is not about Obama or Bush. Learn to read and listen before commenting! Otherwise, you just sound dumb

    July 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robrob

    Please, drop your "Grassy Knoll" conspiracy theories and use some reading comprehension. These were deep cover spies, living in our country for over ten years. The FBI investigation took about two years. They were arrested last Sunday because one or more of them were leaving the country and the FBI (*not Obama*) were concerned they would become fugitives.

    July 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dan

    Im tired of hearing people complain about their tax money going to illegals or spys! It done add up to crap so stop crying you poosy! Your tax money barely pays for monthly expenses at the white house. And the rest goes to other countrys like iran. Fukk you poosy!

    July 2, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. dan

    So what if I spelled done instead of don't. Any genius knows what im talking about, poosy!

    July 2, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Smith in Oregon

    I've read the entire criminal complaint a FBI agent sent to DOJ against these defendants. The evidence seems rather thin and largely missing in regards to 'spying'. Only one individual is accused of approaching a unnamed government official and asked him about nuclear energy. Russia knows as much about nuclear energy as the US does, perhaps even more so I don't really see that as validating all of these individuals as 'spys'.

    Several of them are accused in the complaint of money laundering, recieving money from a foreign nation. Everyday lobbyists recieve money from oversea's nations daily, hand it out also to Republican politicans eager to fill their pockets with it as well. In fact, if these individuals were registered as 'lobbyist's' it is entirely likely there would be no criminal charges even being attempted against them.

    Some effort in the criminal complaint is in regards to the FBI repeatedly entering each of the suspects homes and going thru all of their belongings, tapping phones, recording conversations, video taping their children etc. and copying the hard drives on their personal computers if they had one. In the complaint they found the hard drives were password protected which in the post Bush Family Values era is nothing new nor even remotely illegal. I highly recommend a Freeware encryption program for your hard drive and flash drives which is written in Europe making it top shelf and extremely difficult for snoops to penetrate, that free encryption program is named 'True Crypt'.

    The DOJ complaint also outlines how they found a piece of paper with the long hard drive password and found a steganography program which the FBI alleges had been used to insert messages onto photos which were then placed on public photo sharing networks. Steganography written in America are typically very weak, they generally work because the encrypted message is entirely hidden inside the photo, making it less than obvious and hence a practical tool even if they can be routinely broken by an expert.

    In the post Bush Family Values era, hard evidence is required for convictions, unlike the red commie days of Prosecuter Richard Nixon merely alleging the Rosenburgs were commies and then pushing them into dual electric chairs. After 8 years of wire taps, I'm really surprised at the total lack of evidence which would be needed to support the 'spying' claims.

    July 2, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. ahlesa4

    Wow, I am surprised how many of you are on the spies side! I mean these people are no different than Al Qaeda terrorists. Are we gonna let the panty-bomber off this easy? You would all freak if we did.

    Just because they never managed to get a hold of anything big does not change their intent. If they had got their hands on information to be used against us (including their neighbors) they would have passed it on to be used against us.

    O and that we have spies over there does not justify letting them out on bail!

    July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck

    I do not understand why you guys are pointing fingers at politicians and siding with the spies in this case. They broke a law, not only U.S. law, but international law. Interpol cooperated in this investigation as well. Please stop trying to figure out how the republicans or democrats are to blame. These people are guilty, just as guilty as a CIA operative who gets caught would be. Trick is our agents didn't get caught theirs did. Stop trying to justify these guys actions or say it wasn't as bad as we think. The point is precedence. We arrest a Russian spy, we send a message to Moscow saying we are still vigilant to what actions they are taking in the U.S.

    July 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pavel Tsupruk

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    July 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. morepowerr

    This is some kind of joke right ? How the **** care. give the chicks to the nerds give the guys to some cougar woman. Call it time server and get on with life. Some thing like 10 million illegal Mexicans in the US. And your worried about 10 Russia's. Get Real!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shomarix Yukioy

    Hello dear, me plus my mom are also watch comic video clips but after I finished my homework

    July 25, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
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