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. ayrifeek

    Yeah, great conspiracy work there, Andrew. Are we supposed to stop reporting the news because of a war, oil spill, and economic crisis?

    Get a reality check.

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

      Is Obama handing out checks today? Where do I go get my check?

      July 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim in Auburn

    Good point on why this happened now. It does not sound like they have just done something, or were shown to getting ready to do something. They have been following them for years. Why bust them now? I guess it might save on our tax dollars, since they will no longer have to follow them around.

    5 years would be fine with me. Most are looking at 25 years because of the money laundering part. If they actually passed something important, then I am sure they would be charged with espionage.

    These are pretty harmless spies. People passing nuke secrets, and others in the past were way more dangerous and should get hard time.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      "Why bust them now? "

      My guess is that either

      1. The spies are low level duffuses and it became obvious that following them wasn't going to lead to anything bigger.


      2. There is more news to come.

      July 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NYC

    But guys like Madoff and the subprime mtg crooks have done less damage to the infrastructure, right?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      whatever happened to madoff's wife? they stopped reporting about her lavished lifestyle with investor's money.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. markiejoe

    At least this administration arrested 10 foreign spies and prevented them from doing damage to this country, as opposed to not arresting several foreign pilots and allowing them to fly planes into the World Trade Center.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    "Waived his miranda rights," don't make me laugh.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      i think he was waving at them to stop beating the sh!t out of him while being "questioned"

      July 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      "refused to provide his real name to prosecutors", don't make me laugh.
      Genius, sometimes the guilty do speak to the cops.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    And I'm sure Putin as former KGB chief had absolutely no knowledge this was going on.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |

    Another innocent hispanic being arrested just because the color of his skin...!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CT

    You right-wing cracks go back to Fox please. These people are trained spies, of course no damage is gonna to appear to have been done. I'd rather have the Obama administration taking care of these guys than Bush. Wait, Bush wouldn't have even found them.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      com'on... stop inserting politics into this! you just sound dumb! the people who are currently working in the department are the same people who worked under bush. what do you think happens every four years? the government shuts down... fire everyone... and then hire newbies to the job? give me a break! the only people who are replaced are in high level positions.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      yes because Obama was the one leading the search for the last 10 years...

      July 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Wait, so when you guys bash Obama it's fine but when he bases bush it's "inserting politics into this"? Give me a break...

      July 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |


    July 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Ah, if only we could deport everyone who supports Chavez or is too stupid to find their Caps Lock key.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stewie

    This makes our intelligence organizations look pretty good now.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. renji1

    bet you they tortured the confession out of the person...... makes the U.S. look like a hero again after all its recent screw ups

    July 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CT

    Also have to point out to all of you people whining about why arrest them now. . .This ring has been here since the mid to late 90s. That means, that Bush had 8 years to make a move, but he didnt. That administration was praying for some attack on us just to gain popularity again. Obama has had less than 2 years to get the in-depth knowledge of these guys, and his adminstration made their move. . . . Again, go back to Fox where your right-wing logic that makes no sense is welcome.

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

      "US police moved in on the group after an investigation of more than 10 years." and as you so eloquently pointed out, bush was in power for 8 of those 10. looks like you're praising the wrong dude, CT. Try reading a real news source – BBC

      July 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      CT... learn to READ and COMPREHEND ENGLISH before commenting. YOU LOOK DUMB AND UNINTELLIGENT!

      July 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lapman

    How many people do we have in Russia doing the same thing? You can bet it's a lot. Why did we bust these people, it seems they were not doing much damage? Could it be the WH just need some good press right now? This is a joke, really.
    On another note:
    My wife is from Russia and I'm in the Air force. If she tells one of her friends back in Rissia what I am doing. is she a spy?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stewie

      Does she use a fake name and report to a foreign intelligence service?

      July 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      No, but it sounds like you guys are both idiots!

      July 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Let's hope we have a lot, Lapman. That doesn't mean that Russia isn't looking for our spies, does it? That doesn't mean that we're not breaking Russian law by spying on them, does it? One has nothing to do with the other.

      July 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck

    Everyone here is talking about how these spy's haven't done damage. We don't know how far they got yet. They were trying to subvert our political system. It is not a waste of tax payer dollars to put these guys on trial. I don't know about you people, but I vote my politicians in and I don't want foreign agents influencing or trying to influence U.S. policy. We should be focusing on the oil spill, but we shouldn't forget about this. It is all about precedence, We need to show Russia we will not put up with this. Anyways, the oil spill wouldn't be so bad if Obama accepted foreign aid in the first place, but he is in the unions pockets (look at his campaign contributors) so he is going to want to make this crisis cleanup help the unions out the most. All of you bleeding heart liberals that think Obama is the answer to everything look at the facts. At the recent G-20 he was lectured by almost everyone because his keynesian policies are outdated. He has skyrocketed our debt, more then bush in 8 years. I wanted him to be good, but the fact of the matter is he is a train wreck.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lapman

      Name any place in the world and the USA is there working to influence policy or boot the leader. We don't have to worry about the Rus, we have enough of our own people working on the down fall of the USA.

      July 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ALX

    This guy is probably just a 2nd or 3rd level agent, in charge of delivering messages or renting apartments for the real boys. My opinion is that this isn't just a tactic to distract attention from the oil spill, but also a plan to kepp people believing the the feds aren't just playing around with millions of dollars every year. Real spies don't get caught, and if they do, they aren't paraded around in news reports. Btw phillip Marlowe, Ahmenajad is another cover story, just a distraction. Eventually he'll be taken down, but only when they'll need it. I've worked in the Bureau as a secratary in Washington and i've heard this kind of scenario for at least a dozen times

    July 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Sorry, but this isn't Clinton's White House anymore, where a new crisis would be manufactured to distract the public.
      BTW, your foil hat has some tears in it. Better get some tape and fix it.

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