Spies are more common, and boring, than you think

How many spies are there anyway?

Many Americans were surprised recently by allegations that a Russian woman, Maria Butina, had infiltrated the National Rifle Association and was having sex with well-placed men, in the hopes of getting information for Russia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2018, with the headline 'Spies are more common, and boring, than you think'. Print Edition | Subscribe