“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies | World news | The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/07/discovered-our-parents-were-russian-spies-tim-alex-foley?utm_medium=email&utm_source=digg
The discrediting narrative, like the whisper campaign, acts as an inhibitor of truth, in order to limit, coerce or compromise individuals.
In the case of the children of the Russian spy ring broken up by the FBI in 2010, the use of this narrative could mask other as yet to be told stories.
Were these children of spies asked to testify against their parents? Were they put on a short leash in order to gain more intel?
Or is the narrative from the Wall Street Journal classic misinformation spread by the FBI as a tool of control or posdible blackmail?
And lastly- because as adolescent boys, their home was wiretapped by the Bureau at the height of their puberty- is the discrediting narrative a tool of distraction from that fact?
Either way, it’s a good read.
“In 2012, the Wall Street Journal [said] unnamed US officials claimed an FBI bug placed at the family’s Boston home had picked up the parents revealing their true identities to Tim long before the arrest. Furthermore, the officials said, his parents had told Tim they wanted to groom him as a Russian spy. A second-generation spy would be a much more impressive asset than first-generation illegals, who had built up personas that were solid but not impregnable to background checks. Tim, according to the unnamed officials, agreed he would travel to Moscow for SVR training and even “saluted Mother Russia”.
Tim strenuously denies the story, insisting it was a total fabrication. “Why would a kid who grew up his whole life believing himself to be Canadian, decide to risk life in prison for a country he had never been to nor had any ties to? Furthermore, why would my parents take a similar risk in telling their teenage son their identities?”
The claim that he saluted Mother Russia is “just as ridiculous as it sounds”, Tim says. He would be happy to answer the allegations in court, but it is impossible to argue with anonymous sources. When contacted by the Guardian, the FBI declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal article.”
Related story: The original WSJ article with the potentially planted story about the kid swearing allegiance to Mother Russia.