Spy Swap a Sign That Reset Is Working

Sure, U.S. and Russian spy services are agitating for a spy swap, but the fact that the two countries managed to so quickly figure out a mutually beneficial solution after the arrests of Russian spies last week suggests that Moscow and Washington work together well and that both countries believe it is in their best interest to move on from the wilderness of mirrors. In other words, it's a sign of a healthy relationship. Aside from President Obama's relationship with his Russian counterpart, the U.S. Attorney General has built a good working relationship with Russia's top law enforcement official. Ties between the CIA and the SVR are actually solid; the two recently shared intelligence about Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. and Russia have agreed to the first swap of accused spies in 24 years, and the exchange will begin to take place by the end of Thursday, according to U.S. officials and lawyers for the suspects. American and Russian diplomats negotiate high stakes exchange of spies. All 10 are expected to plead guilty to lesser charges, according to Justice Department officials.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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