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Cambridge Couple Pleads Guilty In Russian Spy Case

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A Cambridge couple has pleaded guilty to being secret agents for the Russian government as a U.S.-Russian spy swap appears to be underway.

Donald Howard Heathfield and Tracey Lee Ann Foley were among 10 people pleading guilty Thursday in federal court in New York to conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.

A judge immediately ordered the defendants deported from the United States in a swap that results in four spies being released by Russia.

Eleven people were arrested last week in a probe of what prosecutors say was a long-term Russian effort to infiltrate U.S. policy-making circles.

Peter Krupp, an attorney for Heathfield, told The Associated Press before the hearing that Heathfield planned to enter the guilty plea as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

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