deported Russian (spy?) worked at Microsoftsubtropolis (748348) writes "KOMO News in Seattle is reporting that a recently-deported 23-yr-old Russian man "appears to have ties to the recently-exposed Russian counterintelligence" (according to unnamed Feds). The article states that he admitted to unspecified immigration violations and was promptly shown the door on Tuesday. It also says that, "Microsoft confirms Karetnikov worked as an entry-level software tester for less than a year." So, I'm thinking that MS had better take a really good at their logs for that time. He may have got in at "entry-level" but his abilities may have been a fair bit beyond that. OTOH, we've read how l33t their IT situation was over on the East Coast, so maybe his mission was meant to be very long term and the Russians couldn't afford to send any of their really good talent.
Interestingly, his admission to mere "violations" and swift departure would be right in line with how this swap has gone down. The four Russians who were flown to Britain and the US had to first sign a confession before President Medvedev granted them pardons. But (IF he's at all related to the spy ring), was he uncovered only after the spy swap? Or did the FBI not have the proof they needed? Or, were the Feds deliberately holding him back just so as to rub it in?"
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