WTOP National Security correspondent J.J. Green extensively covered the issue in a three-part series titled “City of Secrets.”
D.C.’s International Spy Museum is known for publicly displaying the largest collection of international espionage artifacts.
With respect to the International Spy Museum’s statement, Brian Dugan, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Counterintelligence with the FBI’s Washington Field Office, told WTOP that the threat from the the United States’ foreign adversaries is unprecedented.
“Specifically China on the economic espionage and the espionage front,” Dugan added, explaining that these spies could be among students, visiting professors, neighbors or colleagues.
Some speculated that there might be spies who go undercover as Uber/Lyft drivers or hotel employees aiming to gather information from diplomats.
I wonder how many go undercover at uber/lyft drivers or hotel employees. There are some very lose lipped diplomats out here.
— Kara M. Hernández (@KaraFrontera) June 18, 2019
Others implied that some officials appointed by President Donald Trump might be spies.
You can begin w a list of Trump appointees… pic.twitter.com/xV5iV6RVH8
— A33Incognito (@IncognitoA33) June 17, 2019
The guy in the WH, for sure..
— Cool Blue Persuasion ￼ (@SonOfAlgos) June 17, 2019
With a whole bunch of them in and around the Oval Office.
— Mark Rice 🤔 (@mark_rice_) June 18, 2019
Last April, Maria Butina, a Russian citizen based in D.C., was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a federal judge, after pleading guilty to attempting to infiltrate Republican groups and promote Russian interests ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
The International Spy Museum’s permanent collections include “Spies Among Us”, which consists of exhibits, films, and videos documenting espionage through World War II, along with real-life spy stories. Code-making and code-breaking operations are explained by teaching how to create, break and hide coded messages via interactive exhibits.