The Trump administration is considering allowing Russian officials to return to two diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland after the Obama administration ejected the Russians from the compounds as part of U.S. sanctions after Russia meddled in the 2016 election, according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday evening.
And you might recall from from the news stories when President Obama expelled the Russian diplomats who worked in these two compounds from the country, that the compound in Maryland sits on top of or very nearby the fiber-optic trunk cables from the US to Europe, which makes it very likely that this location was strategic in their eavesdropping efforts.
We now turn our attention to Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) which has an odd little thing in their morning email thingie, which may or may not be related:
“Russia escalates spy games after years of U.S. neglect,” by Ali Watkins: “In the throes of the 2016 campaign, the FBI found itself with an escalating problem: Russian diplomats, whose travel was supposed to be tracked by the State Department, were going missing. The diplomats, widely assumed to be intelligence operatives, would eventually turn up in odd places, often in middle-of-nowhere USA. One was found on a beach, nowhere near where he was supposed to be. In one particularly bizarre case, relayed by a U.S. intelligence official, another turned up wandering around in the middle of the desert.
“Interestingly, both seemed to be lingering where underground fiber optics cables tend to run. According to another U.S. intelligence official, ‘they find these guys driving around in circles in Kansas. It’s a pretty aggressive effort.’ It’s a trend that has led intelligence officials to conclude the Kremlin is waging a quiet effort to map the United States’ telecommunications infrastructure, perhaps preparing for an opportunity to disrupt it.”
So it stands to reason that The Russian Usurper would want to let the Russian spies return to continue their important diplomatic work.