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. Will

    5 years isn't enough for the damage these people may have done.

    July 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • NikRezanov

      Damage? What damage? Please, the guy's a kook, a wannabe. The whole thing is a joke.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • THE ONE!

      What damage?! Give me a break..the wonderful 'citizens' of America...{Obama}....have brought upon more damage than these 10.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mjk

    Who cares! Shouldn't we be concerned with the oil spill, our sick economy and spiraling war in Afghanistan. The Obama dudes are really working the PR channels on this As far as is reported these guys did nothing but spend money and live normal lives. This is a complete waste of tax payer money and a ton of grandstanding designed to take our attention off of the failures in the Gulf and of the administration in general. Shame on CNN for reporting this garbage, who cares?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Messenger

      Nice concept, I hadn't thought of that angle. They new these guys were spies for over ten years, but it just so happens we pull the plug and blow the whistle on these spies right now. Why? Deflection from all the other horrible things that are not being managed very well by the current administration. Good strategy, and of course CNN will play along.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bren

      The Obama Administration is handling many serious issues on a daily basis and maybe you should go back under your right wing rock where you belong.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Messenger

      You got it right, the Obama PR guys are working hard on covering their tracks on a lot of serious issues that are not being managed very well at all. As far as the rock goes, you are correct, the Right Wing does rock doesn't it? We don't live under rocks: slimy things live under rocks. When I think of slimy things, only two things come to my mind, both start with the letter B.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • CK

      ... deflection? Sorry? This is deflection? You're right, Obama should have told the investigators to wait until he was out of office before they finished their investigation and made arrests. 6 more years of spying and what's the worst that could happen?

      July 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      wow national defense was republicans big concern durning the election , now it doesn't matter? wow you guys will do an say anything to make this guy look bad

      July 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • gw

      Wacko tea bag conspiracy theories are one thing but blowing off spying paid for by another government takes this to a whole new level of unpatriotic, anti-American cynicism.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      I'm following this breaking story in the news so I, for one, am glad that it's being covered — not only by CNN but by the online editions of a couple of local news outlets I read. What I can't understand is, if you really feel it is not news, why did you even bother to read it — and then take the added time and effort to post your trolling remark? Do you have any idea how really stupid that makes you look? You obviously do not like CNN.com. So, why are you even on this site? Judging from the tone of your comments, I would expect to find you in a formum over on FoxNews.com. You can leave now and I can assure you, no one here will miss you.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ed

    Bail? Seriously bail?!

    July 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phillip Marlowe

    And what damage have they done? Give me the top 3,and there are many times that of which our own press service has done to cause our troops to be in more harms way as a result. Let's see our intelligent force do something really impressive like get rid of that pathetic Iranian president. Yea, that takes some real intelligence. Maybe Obama will take him out for a falafel in DC, lotsa places for that.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjk

      Exactly, we are being sold a pack of lies here. Our politicians and press expose plenty now-a-days and they have many outlets to do this. The worst part for our county is if we start demonizing Russians again in the US.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      No real damage done, but I’d rather get “bad guys” before damage is done. Imagine if we could have gotten the 9/11 guys before any “damage was done”.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pdikeman

    "Qualifies for Bail"
    WHAT....You've gotta be kidding......

    July 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sly

    Five years is a slap on the wrist for espionage...didn't we execute a couple in the 50's for basically the same thing?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernie

      We also burnt witches in the 1600. 10 years of tax payers money down the drain. FYI, The US gov does the same in Russia. More tax payers money.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davd

      They should just send them all home to Russia.....except the cute one.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Fury

    @mjk

    I don't know what the FBI and the Justice System can do with your list of demands. As far as I know, they don't control the oil clean up. They don't control the crumbling economy and they have nothing to do with Afghanistan.

    There are well over 300 million people in this country. I'm sure we'll be safe with these handful of individuals doing other things.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan

    my feeling is that the Feds must have a darn good case against these 11 people or else they would not have gone out of their way to arrest all the suspects simultaneously in different parts of the country. when this order came down it had to be high up and this day in age allegations of this sort have massive implications in the political arena which someone high up would know.

    it's going to be very interesting to see how this all unfolds and for how long these people have been reporting on the US – remnants of the USSR anyone?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adam D

    Spies? Execution is the only punishment. And since we're on the subject of invaders – Illegals should be punished with either deportation, hard labor, or execution as spies. I'll let them pick.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jenny

    The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      OK Robert Frost...

      July 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KH

    "and although he loved his son, he would not violate his loyalty to the 'Service' even for his son.".....

    But he will waive his Miranda rights and readily admit he's a spy for the 'Service'? hmm.. Okay- that makes sense.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Read that last line and though EXACT same thing

      July 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bunnied816

      Yeah – that's what I was wondering also. Something doesn't add up here...

      July 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anonymous

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Here you have one of the ring members who has already jumped shipped in Cyprus... and this idiot wants to appear before a judge to request bail? This idiot should be locked up until he is convicted!!! If the US attorney fails to keep him locked up and the judge allows bail, he or she should immediately resign.

    Who in the right mind would suffice their child? This guy is definitely insane!!! Keep him locked up!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. atmo1974

    Who cares...they do it, we do it and the world keeps on turning. We got bigger things in this country to worry about.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • lock em' up

      Until their asses get caught.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Klomrera

    the second cold war approaches. this time, we lose.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatsANegative

      well believe it or not the department of energy has all the codes to their nuclear weapons and power plants so not really.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. iustas

    These are not spies, they're clowns – no threat whatsoever to U.S. national security. This guy just probably wants to think of himself as some dude living in a movie.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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