Tom Clancy

Not a Cold War spy novel: Russian mansions accused of housing spies in the U.S.

Not a Cold War spy novel: Russian mansions accused of housing spies in the U.S.

It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War:

Without warning, American agents descended on a Russian-owned compound in rural Maryland. A similar surprise unfolds at an estate on New York’s Long Island. Both locations are accused of hosting Russian spies on American soil, and once again, two nuclear powers stand at each other’s throats.

Except there’s no need to dramatize, nor any need to set the story in the past. All this happened Thursday, as American officials punished the Russian government on allegations of hacking Democratic officials to influence the recent presidential election.

The measures ordered by President...

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