In a Fox News report it was reported today that a Russian "Spy Ship" (the Viktor Leonov) was spotted 40 miles closer to the U.S. and not far from a Navy submarine base in Connecticut.) That was, the report said, according to a U.S. official.
That was the "lead" in the story. Then the report said the ship remained in international waters, but not before mentioning that the ship bore surface-to-air missles, but, however, its main function "...is to intercept communications and collect data on U.S. Navy sonar capability..."
The implication is that we are being spied on by Russia right off our coast. What the report by Lucas Tomlinson does not tell you is that any information that could be obtained by said ship can be obtained by any low level spy operating in Washington D.C., either by walking into a government official's office that holds the information they need, or by computer hacking, or by simply asking one of the traitors that purport to act on Americans' behalf in our intelligence agencies.
Russian spy "trawlers," which at one time were operated as fishing vessels, routinely buzzed our coast lines during the "cold war." They were then a dead give-away, because the so-called fishing vessels were arrayed with a multitude of antennas that no normal fishing boat would have sported at that time.
The U.S. did the same in the past and probably does the same today. One such incident was the U.S.S. Pueblo, which was captured by North Korea. Another such U.S. spy ship was the U.S.S. Liberty, which was severely damaged by Israel, supposedly attacked by Israel because the ship refused to identify itself. That was in 1967.
U.S. spying, does not make Russian spying ok. Neither does it make ok Russian military incursions into our territory. Spying is, of course, "routine."
What is wrong with that story, however, is that it promotes the pretense of Russian aggression, possibly to make U.S. defenses look vulnerable or weak.
Current U.S. defense capability, one could easily discover (by googling, if one were so inclined), can obliterate any intruder into U.S. territory within seconds of detection, and the capability includes the obliteration of multiple "invading" units.
But the more interesting omission of this story is that, while there may be a Russian spy ship off the Coast of the U.S., there are multiple agresssors with spying capabilities, much closer than "off our coastline," mainly the embassies of unfriendly nations in Washington D.C. If you happen to be a tourist in our capital, be sure to take the tour and check out the array of antennas on each of those embassies, and perhaps you will then speculate on the army of operatives and agents assigned to those embassies and their "American" assets that operate right under the noses of the CIA and the FBI, not to mention our many military intelligence agencies.
You might even be prompted to ask yourself if that scruffy bloake sitting next to you on the bench at the Washington Memorial, eating a hot dog, is actually a spy working for China. Ponder that.
Of course, that pales in significance, when illuminated against the back-drop of the former "administration" of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, which acted openly against U.S. interests and divulged our major secrets to our enemies, and are now using their "insider" influence to desperately undermine the current administration.
Maybe a Russian spy trawler off the coast of the U.S. is actually an improvement in U.S. security.