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Poisoner, Hacker, Meddler, Spy: How Russian Agents Ran Wild in 2020

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By Jeff Stein and Patricia Ravalgi

If Russian intelligence were a baseball team, they’d be the Houston Astro—good, powerful, even lethal, but cheaters who broke the rules in a game already known for bending them. And they pretty much got away with it.

“I like that analogy,” says retired top former CIA clandestine operations official Marc Polymeropoulos. “I would add that the Houston players were never really sanctioned either, right? They lost their manager and GM, but players got off scot-free. Sound familiar?”

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