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#1 Shayla

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 15:46

Microsoft suffered a wound to its public image today as it was revealed that a new Russian spy had been caught working at the company. Alexey Karetnikov had been working as a Software Design Engineer in Test at the Windows developer since October and was ordered out of the country on Monday after falling afoul of US immigration law. A Washington Post source in federal law enforcement, however, said that Karetnikov had "just set up shop" as a spy in Redmond, Washington and that the immigration charges were technicalities used without enough evidence of actual crimes to bring espionage charges so soon.

No information was leaked since the agent had been in the US, the insider said. The FBI reportedly monitored Karetnikov since he had arrived in the country. The arrest is the 11th of a Russian agent in the US and comes independent of the discovery of a spy ring that had resulted in the first 10 arrests.

Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos confirmed that Karetnikov had been an employee and had been deported, but wouldn't comment further on the circumstances.

The hiring of a spy is nonetheless the latest in a series of employee-related blows at Microsoft. It recently saw J Allard and Robbie Bach leave amid unconfirmed rumors of discontent with strategy. A decision to cancel the Kin after just six weeks on sale also saw employees rolled into the Windows Phone division after accusations of infighting, and it recently cut hundreds of jobs in an effort to trim overhead as it hires in other areas.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 15:54

Looks like another example of profiling to me. A guy comes over from Russia and they immediately start monitoring him. Racism? You bet.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:00

Looks like another example of profiling to me. A guy comes over from Russia and they immediately start monitoring him. Racism? You bet.

Russian is a race?

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:02

wow, people would blame Microsoft for anything! How're they supposed to know that this guy was a spy? It could've been Apple, Google or any other company.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:09

Just because they wern't "legal" in the country they suddenly are a spy? huh? do they have evidance of him doing spying or sending industrial espionage info back to russia?

The FBI must of had something that linked him to those other confirmed spys

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:23

A Russian spy planted by Apple, no doubt. It's a conspiracy I tell you, a conspiracy! Posted Image

And I thought the cold war was over, silly me!

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:28

The hiring of a spy is nonetheless the latest in a series of employee-related blows at Microsoft


Not really since the guy "just set up shop" they can get a new guy easily. They probaly had a few people trying out for the job and picked him, well #2 will get a call.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:28

How can you become a spy by working for a company. Like seriously. If they wanted secret information from Microsoft, why didn't he just apply to Microsoft Russia or something. Same company, same projects, same rules.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:36

How can you become a spy by working for a company. Like seriously. If they wanted secret information from Microsoft, why didn't he just apply to Microsoft Russia or something. Same company, same projects, same rules.

From what I understand, he wasn't working at MS to spy on MS. but rather, spy on the US. I would imagine he wanted to blend into society so he got a regular job doing what he was educated to do; MS really has nothing to do with the bigger picture.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:37

I can't believe how many of you either didn't read the article or just completely missed it. He was a russian spy who just happened to get a job at Microsoft. They tied him to the other 10 russian spies. He had just set up shop in Redmond, so they didn't have enough evidence to convict him of being a spy, but they knew he was one, so they deported him.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 16:41

The FBI must be riled up from the last incident they had so they're putting everyone under the microscope. I don't know what to think, really. I guess there's more spies than ever creeping around behind the woodwork these days.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 17:24

I can think of a dozen different posistions in the US to gather military and/or other intelligence... MS headquarters is not one of them.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 17:42

I can think of a dozen different posistions in the US to gather military and/or other intelligence... MS headquarters is not one of them.



Unless Bill Gates really is behind the UFO coverup and stuff like some wacko said a month or so ago about him going to reveal them with the US gov to the wold :alien:

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 17:49

Russian is a race?

When talking in terms of racism yes.
"According to the United Nations conventions, there is no distinction between the term racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination"

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 17:53

Wow Americans still scared of those damn Russian commies, Thought the cold war finished a long time ago guess not. ;)